Over the past several days Meteorologists are reporting an increased likelihood of tornadoes developing in the Mississippi River Delta area and Lower Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. These are (perhaps coincidentally) the “Red” states that turned out heavily to elect Donald Trump the 45th US President in 2016. The states include areas of Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, and Alabama.
The National Weather Service reported November 4,
A significant severe weather outbreak is forecast to intensify Monday night with potential for very large tornadoes EF-2 or greater possible.
A significant severe weather outbreak is forecast to intensify Monday night with potential for very large tornadoes EF-2 or greater possible. Remember to have more than one way to get warnings, and have a plan for how to manage taking action during nocturnal storms. https://t.co/8xZtEGNCLY
— NWS (@NWS) November 4, 2018
On the evening of November 5 tornadoes were cited in Louisiana.
Officials confirm multiple tornados have touched down in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana – WAFBpic.twitter.com/BFAx5hoIxG
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) November 6, 2018
On November 2nd one meteorologist told NBC New that “extreme weather could play a big role in voting.”
Meteorologists are tracking conditions for a potential tornado outbreak that could blow through a major swathe of the country early next week, and have an impact on several high-profile races along the way.
“It’s still too early to identify location and duration and potential intensity,” Patrick Marsh, a warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center, told NBC News. “But extreme weather could play a big role on voting.”
With tornado outbreak potential on #ElectionDay this Tuesday, the last time a huge political night was interrupted by Mother Nature was Super Tuesday 2008 when 87 tornadoes killed 57 people and did over a billion dollars of damage. @NBCNews @MSNBC @NBCPolitics pic.twitter.com/6ZmzgKFwjI
— Bill Karins (@BillKarins) November 2, 2018
The potential extreme weather is reminiscent of the “Super Tuesday” tornado outbreak on Feb. 5 and 6, 2008, a swathe of destruction that left 57 people dead on a day when voters in 24 states were heading to the polls in caucuses and primaries for the presidential election.
“This has really been the third or fourth day in a row that we are seeing conditions set up for an extreme weather event in the Deep South on Tuesday,” NBC News meteorologist Bill Karins said on Friday (emphases added).