Summer storms pound the Mid-South - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Summer storms pound the Mid-South

Lightning striking near the Agricenter during the height of storms Lightning striking near the Agricenter during the height of storms

Strong storms rolled through the Mid-South today, leaving a path of damage and power outages in it's wake.  Strong winds knocked down trees in many communities, including Memphis, which in turn took down power lines, leaving more that 31,000 MLGW customers in the dark.  Intense lightning and torrential rain also accompanied the storms. Here at the WMC studios in Midtown, we picked up just under an inch and a half of rain.  That led to flooding on many streets right in the heat of the afternoon commute. The heavy rain and storms also took a big bite out of the afternoon heat.  As storms entered the Memphis metro area, temperatures were in the low to mid nineties with heat index values at or just above 100.  As the rain moved in, temperatures dropped 20 degrees, falling into the seventies. Storms exited the area by the early evening, but more rain and thunderstorms have developed in north central Arkansas and are pushing southeast. That will bring another round of rain and storms to the Mid-South overnight. This next round does not seem to be as intense, but heavy downpours and more lightning are possible.  Now is a good time to download the WMC Action News 5 Storm Tracker app to your smartphone or iPad. It's a FREE download giving you access to interactive radar, storm alerts, lightning detection, hour by hour forecast, and video forecast as well as access to live storm coverage and news. This stormy pattern will settle down Thursday afternoon and evening. Then, get ready for some more late summer heat as temperatures rebound into the mid to upper nineties over the weekend. 

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