Tornadoes that leveled parts of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi on Wednesday will linger over the South on Thursday and begin heading toward the Carolinas, Georgia and a sliver of Virginia, officials warned.
Thunderstorms, tornadoes and hail were expected to lash east-central Georgia, northeastern South Carolina, southern North Carolina and extreme southeast Virginia, according to the National Weather Service.
“All severe hazards are possible” the Weather Service said. Twenty-six million people were at risk.
Severe thunderstorms were also possible in the eastern Gulf Coast into the southern and central Appalachians.