Severe weather threatens southeast after Alabama tornado


Severe thunderstorms will threaten parts of the South and East Wednesday following a day of destructive tornadoes in the Deep South.

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Roughly two dozen reports of tornadoes were received by the Storm Prediction Center from four states Tuesday into early Wednesday in what may be the most active day for tornadoes in the U.S. since the freak August 24 Indiana/Ohio event spawned 24 confirmed tornadoes.

Damage surveys by National Weather Service meteorologists will firm up actual tornado counts and paths. We have additional perspective on the tornadoes in our recap section below.

The following tornado watches remain in effect:

For parts of northern, central Alabama, northwest Georgia, and a small part of southeast Tennessee until 10 a.m. CST.
For southeast Louisiana, much of southern Mississippi and southwest Alabama until 12 p.m. CST.

Conditions are favorable for tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds in these area.

(MORE: View National Interactive Radar Map | Difference Between a Watch and a Warning)

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Devastating tornado in Alabama

Below is our latest forecast thinking on the timing and magnitude of the severe threats.

Severe Weather Forecast


Forecast: A squall line will likely be ongoing Wednesday morning from the southern Appalachians to the Louisiana/Mississippi Gulf Coast. Storms will roll eastward through Georgia and Alabama through the morning, clearing Alabama by late afternoon. Scattered severe storms are possible in the western Florida panhandle during the afternoon.
Threats: Damaging wind gusts and, perhaps, a tornado or two. Large hail may also be possible closer to the Gulf Coast.

Severe Weather Recap

Tornadoes have been reported from northern Louisiana to central Mississippi. Trees and power poles were knocked down on Tuesday afternoon in Scott County, MS. A possible tornado destroyed 4 homes in Winston County, MS. Damage was also reported in Aberdeen, MS. A tornado was spotted near Columbus, MS.

A confirmed tornado hit near Tullahoma in Coffee County, Tennessee. The storm blew over trees and caused roads to be impassible. Power lines were also downed.

High winds caused this UPS truck to overturn. It is possible that this was caused by a tornado.

There were several reports of tornadoes Monday afternoon, including at least nine in Iowa and one in Louisiana. No significant damage has been reported, however.

Monday afternoon, severe thunderstorms knocked down trees across parts of central Mississippi, including one onto the Town Hall of Eden, Mississippi, and another onto this house in Warren County, Mississippi.

Sunday, there were four reports of brief tornadoes in south-central Nebraska. Fortunately, no reports of damage have been received from these brief tornadoes.

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Slow 'Second' Season of Severe Weather, So Far

The second half of October and, especially, November can often be a "second" season for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, particularly in parts of the South. That hadn't been the case so far this year, however, through Thanksgiving week.

Prior to Monday, we hadn't seen a single day with at least 50 reports of severe weather in the U.S. since October 6, when at least eight tornadoes were spawned in Kansas.

So far, 2016 has featured a below-average number of tornadoes. Through three weeks of November, the U.S. tornado count for the year-to-date was 24 percent below average.

For more details on the slow tornado pace in 2016, see the link below.

(MORE: Lack of Tornadoes Continues in "Second" Tornado Season)

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