"We'll be seeing severe weather from Florida to NY, with the most unstable parts so far in Georgia", said meteorologist David Roth of the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center. Starting out with hit and miss storms this morning, storms should remain below severe limits early but that all changes later today.
The storm system's death toll rose to at least seven on Sunday, when authorities reported the death of a Texas woman whose mobile home was destroyed Saturday night.
An isolated tornado can not be ruled out, however, the risk of heavy rain and strong wings is much higher.
Population centers in the zone of greatest risk, 4 out of a possible 5 on the Storm Prediction Center's scale, include Monroe and Alexandria, Louisiana.
Tornadoes embedded in the storms pose a significant risk overnight since they are hard to see and people are less likely to receive warnings while they're asleep, Van Dam said.
With the second batch of storms potentially arriving overnight, it is very important that you and your family have multiple ways to receive severe weather warnings. The center said it expects the threat of severe weather to increase throughout the afternoon.
Winds of up to 60 miles per hour (96.56 kph) were reported in Cherokee County, Texas, damaging two homes in Alto but not injuring anyone. Tournament organizers have moved up tee times for Sunday because of the storm threat.
The storms are expected to move through the Augusta area during the afternoon and evening.
In addition to the potential for tornado development, the strong line of storms will also produce damaging winds and heavy rain, capable of producing flash floods, particularly in Arkansas and parts of MS and Alabama.