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Several Tornado Warnings were issued east of Louisville on Wednesday. Authorities are still surveying damage from the storms. PowerOutage.US reported more than 57,000 outages in the Bluegrass State.
A Tornado Warning has been issued for Bibb, Hale and Tuscaloosa counties in Alabama until 11 p.m. CDT. Meteorologists are tracking a storm capable of producing a tornado that is moving through the central part of the state. If the storm holds together it could eventually threaten areas around Birmingham within the next hour.
Strong to severe storms will be possible along the I-95 corridor on Thursday as the storm system marches eastward. A widespread outbreak is not anticipated and the main threats appear to be gusty winds and hail.
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Storms that rolled through Arkansas on Wednesday not only produced damaging winds and hail but also heavy rainfall. Areas of the state saw several inches of rain in a short time period causing creeks and rivers to rapidly rise.
The only known fatality from the storms happened in Rison, Arkansas on Wednesday.
The highest winds gusts from Wednesday's storms topped hurricane strength from Arkansas and through the Ohio Valley. Another round of storms is expected to pop up on Thursday but the scope of the severe weather won't be as widespread.
Several tornado-warned storms are along the I-59 corridor in Mississippi from Laurel to north of Meridian. The line of severe storms is pushing eastward and will enter Alabama within an hour.
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Several counties in the Bluegrass State are under a Tornado Warning as severe storms with the capability of producing a tornado move between Lexington and Cincinnati. The threat of tornadoes will diminish during the overnight hours.
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Severe storms pushed through Nashville within the last hour and produced plenty of lightning and damaging winds.
Winds gusted to 64 mph at Nashville International Airport and 67 mph in Smyrna, Tennessee.
A Tornado Watch has been issued for parts of Louisiana and Mississippi through midnight because of the threat severe storms pose. Meteorologists are watching a line of storms with the threat of damaging winds and brief tornadoes.
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The NWS issued a Tornado Warning for Mercer, Anderson, Marion and Washington Counties in Kentucky until 9:15 p.m., EDT. A radar indicated tornado was near Lebanon moving northeast at 65 mph,
Shelby, Oldham, Henry and Franklin Counties in Kentucky are under a Tornado Warning until 9:15 EDT.
Spencer, Shelby, Woodford, Anderson, Jefferson and Franklin Counties in Kentucky are under a Tornado Warning until 9 EDT.
Decatur County, Indiana is under a Tornado Warning until 9 EDT.
Severe storms with hail, damaging winds and tornadoes will continue through the night for parts of the South.
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A severe storm capable of producing a tornado was over Byram, Mississippi moving east at 65 mph.
The NWS issued a Tornado Warning for Rankin and Hinds Counties until 8:15 p.m. CDT.
More than 200 people sought shelter in Mayfield ahead of Wednesday's severe weather.
Oldham, Shelby and Jefferson Counties in Kentucky are under a Tornado Warning until 8:45 p.m. EDT due to a radar indicated tornado over Fern Creek moving northeast at 55 mph.
An emergency manager in Rison, Arkansas reported that one person was killed when thunderstorm winds blew a tree onto a mobile home.
Claiborne, Jefferson and Copiah Counties in Mississippi and Tensas Parish, Louisiana are under a Tornado Warning until 7:30.
Radar indicated a tornado near Natchez, Mississippi moving east at 55 mph.
The NWS issued a Tornado Warning for Butler, Grayson and Ohio Counties in Kentucky until 7:00.
Radar indicated a tornado east of Hartford moving northeast at 60 mph.
FOX Weather's Robert Ray is driving through the storms.
FOX Weather's Mitti Hicks cuts her report short to take shelter in Jackson.
Almost 75,000 homes and businesses are without power right now, according to PowerOutage.US.
- Louisiana - 40,298
- Arkansas - 19,059
- Tennessee - 15,451
- Mississippi - 7,254
- Kentucky - 5,802
So far the NWS reports 122 tornados for April.
Officials report trees down in Mayfield, Kentucky from a potential tornado. Mayfield is still rebuilding after a deadly EF-4 tornado hit in December.
The NWS issued a Tornado Warning for Marshall, Tippah and Benton Counties in Mississippi until 6:30.
A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is over Holly Springs and moving east at 40 mph.
A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was north of Hopkinsville, Kentucky moving northeast at 50 mph.
Muhlenberg, Christian and Todd Counties are under a Tornado Warning until 6:15.
Damage was reported in Mayfield after a severe storm moved through western Kentucky on Wednesday afternoon. The storm triggered a Tornado Warning because of radar indicated rotation in the storm.
The town is still in clean-up mode after a deadly EF-4 tornado destroyed hundreds of homes in December: Click Here
A new Tornado Watch for southwest to central Louisiana and southeast Texas is in effect until 10 p.m. CT.
Damaging winds with gusts up to 75 mph and isolated hail up to 1.5 inches are possible, according to the NWS Storm Prediction Center.
Tornadoes are not the only threat from this storm. The National Weather Service recently recorded hurricane-force winds in Arkansas:
- Hagler, Arkansas 82 mph
- Gracy, Kentucky 72 mph
- Tunica, Mississippi 70 mph
Storm survey teams with the National Weather Service say the tornado that injured two dozen people in Bell County, Texas on Tuesday has been rated at an EF-3.
A new Tornado Watch is in effect until 10 p.m. CT for southern Indiana, West to Central Kentucky and Middle Tennessee.
The FAA has issued a ground stop at Chicago O'Hare due to thunderstorms in the area until 6:30 p.m. ET.
Hail reports are up this year after multiple rounds of Spring severe weather. More than 120 hail reports are from Texas where grapefruit-size hail came down on Tuesday.
The NWS has issued a Tornado Warning for Winnfield, Atlanta and Wheeling, Louisiana until 4:45 p.m. CT.
The strongest part of the storm will be over Winnfield by 4:30 p.m.
The western Kentucky town of Mayfield still recovering from a December tornado outbreak is under a Tornado Warning until 4:30 p.m. CT.
The warning also includes Dublin, Viola, Wingo and Fulton.
Tornado sirens are sounding off in Dyersburg, Tennessee as ominous clouds push into the area with a tornado-warned storm.
The NWS has issued Tornado Warnings for the following areas until 4:15 p.m. CT:
Louisiana: Haynesville, Summerfield, Colquitt, Pleasant Hill, Pelican and Benson
Tennessee: Martin, Union City, Tiptonville, Memphis, Bartlett
Rolling Tornado Warnings are being issued for western Kentucky.
The NWS has issued a Tornado Warning until 4:15 p.m. CT for areas including Fulton, Hickman, Carlisle counties in Kentucky and Southeast Mississippi County in Missouri.
The NWS in Memphis has issued a Tornado Warning for the following areas until 3:15 p.m. CT:
Southeast Green County, Arkansas
Northeast Craighead County, Arkansas
Northwest Mississippi County, Arkansas
Southwest Pemiscot County, Missouri
South Dunklin County, Missouri.
The NWS Office in Little Rock is now tracking the greatest severe threat across southeast Arkansas.
A severe Thunderstorm Warning continues for southwest Arkansas until 3 p.m. CT.
The Jackson Madison County Emergency Manager said the Tennessee community is still recovering from a recent tornado outbreak as it prepares for incoming severe weather once again.
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There are now seven states included in Tornado Watches through Wednesday afternoon and evening.
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Incredible video shows major damage from a tornado in Salado, Texas on Tuesday.
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Three additional tornadoes have been confirmed southwest and south of Riceville, Iowa, in Mitchell County and near the Howard County line
Two were EF-1 and one was EF-0.
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Severe weather is less likely because of excessive cloud cover.
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The move will allow the state to better monitor storm activity and be better prepared to respond.
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A Tornado Watch has been issued for parts of Illinois and Missouri until 4 p.m. CDT.
A Tornado Watch has been issued for parts of Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas until 5 p.m. CDT.
The St. Louis Cardinals announced Wednesday that the 12:15 p.m. CDT game against the Kansas City Royals at Busch Stadium has been postponed due to inclement weather.
The National Weather Service in St. Louis said significant severe weather is expected Wednesday. The greatest risk is across east-central and southeast Missouri and southern Illinois.
The two teams will make up the game on Monday, May 2, at 3:15 p.m. at Busch Stadium.
Tickets for the postponed homestand finale will be valid for the rescheduled game.
There were 126 reports of hail Tuesday. It was the single-highest day so far this year and accounted for 26% of the year's total hail (466 reports). Click here for more.
Communities in Texas are dealing with damage to their homes and businesses after intense storms swept through south of Dallas in Ellis County. FOX 4 Dallas reporter Dan Godwin is in Ennis, Texas, with the latest.
John Lewis, a research meteorologist at National Severe Storms Laboratory and National Weather Service, explains what they look for surveying tornado damage.
Severe storms left extensive damage in southeast Minnesota on Tuesday. Click here to watch latest video.
High atmospheric moisture values will create an environment conducive for thunderstorms to contain high rainfall rates, posing a risk of flash flooding.
A severe thunderstorm outbreak is expected Wednesday into Wednesday night across a large area from the lower and mid-Mississippi Valley northward to the mid-South and Midwest.
Several tornadoes, widespread destructive winds – including some gusts over 75 mph – and large hail greater than 2 inches in diameter are all significant threats. Some of the tornadoes could be EF-2 or stronger, particularly in parts of the mid-South region.
Most of the severe weather will be in the form of a squall line tracking eastward across these regions, but supercells could also develop out ahead of the main line of storms.
A few severe thunderstorms are also possible mid- to late Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday evening from central and northeastern Pennsylvania to central New York. Strong wind gusts and hail are the main risks in this area.
A severe storm outbreak is expected Wednesday. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center said widespread severe storms are likely across a very broad north-south region from the lower Mississippi Valley and mid-South into the Midwest. Atmospheric ingredients are favorable for all severe hazards, including several tornadoes, widespread damaging winds and large hail.
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