Severe storms, including tornadoes, loom for Southeast

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- 20 million people in the southeastern United States are at risk of severe storms and tornadoes Tuesday into Wednesday. The National Weather Service predicts a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms with winds capable of producing tornadoes along the Gulf Coast from eastern Louisiana to Alabama today and tomorrow.

ATLANTA (CNN) — Twenty million people in the southeastern United States are at risk of severe storms and tornadoes into Wednesday.

The National Weather Service is predicting severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and some strong tornadoes along the Gulf Coast from eastern Louisiana to Alabama.

In addition to the threat of strong tornadoes along the Gulf Coast, areas from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, and north to southern Tennessee, are at risk of tornadoes, widespread damaging winds and some large hail.

The Storm Prediction Center issued what’s known as a “particularly dangerous situation” tornado watch for areas of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Schools in parts of Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi announced early dismissal and some canceled classes in anticipation of the storms.

If you live in or are traveling through the South, be prepared for storms that could produce tornadoes and have a plan to find safety. Be sure you have a way to get the latest severe watch and warning information.

Storm timing

Storms hit Texas early Tuesday and are expected to move to Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi into the evening hours. Alabama and southern Tennessee will likely see severe weather.

Wednesday, storms will continue through Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and eastern Virginia.

Damaging winds will be the greatest threat, with the threat of tornadoes still possible though not as likely.