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Storms and sweltering heat seen striking US South on Memorial Day



By Rich McKay

(Reuters) – It was expected to hover warmth, storms, and possible twisters to hit US southern plains and southeastern states on Memorial Day after a slate of deadly tornadoes and floods in the region.

Temperatures around 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) were forecasts in cities from Jacksonville, Florida, up southeast in Macon and Savannah Georgia, and to Charleston, South Carolina, said National Weather Service.

"This is super hot for this time of year," said John Deese, a NWS player in Peachtree, Ga., Near Atlanta.

"This is a heat wave across the south and it's going to be here for a while ", Deese said, predicting high temperatures throughout the week living in the mid to high 90s in the region.

The risk of strong tornadoes is moderate, but still possible through the week for the southeastern Plains states, which were already The last serious tornado killed two people in El Reno, Oklahoma late on Saturday, injured at least 29 people, and left hundreds homeless, officials said.

Four others were killed In the same storm in Oklahoma, CNN reported on Sunday.

Rescue workers on Sunday searched for survivors in the ruins of the tornado who destroyed parts of the small community near Oklahoma City, officials said.

At least seven others were killed by storms in for rich week

US Southern Plains including Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas and parts of Ohio will remain under flood watches and warnings throughout the week, when rain, wind, hail and possible twisters are in the forecast, said David Roth of the NWS Weather Prediction Center in College Park Maryland.

As for southeast from Florida to Virginia – "It gets hot," he said. "This weather pattern is just parked, persistent."

(Reporting of Rich McKay in Atlanta, Editing by Andrew Heavens)


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