Florida faces severe weather threat Wednesday after storms cause damage in Deep South

Severe storms brought down trees and power lines across the South on Monday, and there was a report of a tornado in Mississippi.

JACKSON, Miss. Severe weather tore across the South Monday with reports of trees being brought down by damaging wind gusts, as well as a tornado in Mississippi. And the threat of strong to severe thunderstorms continued along the Gulf Coast and in the Southeast on Tuesday, Florida skies could light up on Wednesday.

Damage was reported in the northwestern Louisiana community of Haughton on Monday afternoon. Winds brought down trees and power lines, with a tree falling onto a home and trapping residents inside, according to a storm report from the National Weather Service.

High wind gusts also brought down trees outside Mangham, Louisiana, on Highway 132.

Farther to the east, the NWS confirmed an EF-1 tornado tore through the town of Clinton, Mississippi. The twister was on the ground for eight minutes and traveled 8.5 miles. 

The heavy rain that pushed across the region also led to some reports of flooding in Arkansas and Missouri.

Some in northwest Georgia had a very early wake-up call when frequent lightning turned the sky from night to day.

Rain and storms continued to push across the Southeast on Tuesday.

Florida on alert for severe thunderstorms and flooding Wednesday

This graphic shows the severe weather threat for Wednesday..
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NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has placed areas North Florida in a Level 1 on its 5-point severe thunderstorm risk scale heading into Wednesday. The line of storms explode again along the cold front that is pushing east.

A three-hour radar loop showing where showers and thunderstorms are ongoing. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings are indicated in yellow. Tornado Warnings are indicated in red, while Tornado Warnings with a confirmed tornado are indicated in purple. Flood Warnings are indicated in green.
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Heavy rain can also touch off flash flooding Wednesday. Flooding is likely across North Florida and Southeast Georgia and is possible all the way up the I-95 corridor through Virginia.


This graphic shows the flash flood threat for Wednesday..
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