The first hours of spring were particularly terrifying for residents of Texas and Oklahoma, as tornadoes and heavy rain swept through the Deep South on Monday night before slowly moving East. The extreme weather--which stretched from the Mexican to the Canadian border--destroyed homes, knocked over 18-wheelers, and left near 15,000 people without power.
On Tuesday, severe storms were expected to bring torrential downpours from eastern Texas and Louisiana northward into Arkansas and the Midwest while another collection of storms will batter coastal areas from Florida to Pennsylvania. More than 10 inches of rain is expected in some areas over the next 24 hours, threatening to swell rivers and cause serious flooding. Strong winds, hail, and more tornadoes are expected throughout the next few days as well.