Thousands affected by severe weather this week

Thousands affected by severe weather this week

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - In just 48 hours, a massive storm system tore through several states over hundreds of miles. There were over 60 tornado reports, 556 wind reports and over 60 hail reports.

Some of those reports will not verify, but the number of them show the vast impact of this weather system that has impacted thousands of people.

On February 23, there were several storm reports in southeast Louisiana, northeast Alabama, the Florida panhandle and southeast Georgia.

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NWS Jackson has confirmed 6 tornadoes in Mississippi. One tornado in Lamar County, MS, was considered a strong tornado and rated an EF2. Wind gusts were reported at over 115 mph and mobile homes were destroyed about 5 miles west of Purvis. Sadly, two people were killed there.

In addition, NWS New Orleans has confirmed 10 of the reported tornadoes. At this point, a tornado that killed 2 people in Plattenville has been rated an EF-3. In what the NWS in New Orleans calls the worst outbreak in the state since 1989, there were also 4 EF-0s, 1 EF-1 and 3 EF-2s.

Two tornadoes were also confirmed in Alabama. There was an EF-0 near Reform and an EF-1 south of Pigeye.

It was also a dangerous day in the Florida Panhandle with a confirmed EF-3 tornado in Escambia county. Several homes were destroyed and people injured when this tornado moved through Pensacola.

An EF-1 tornado also touched down in Georgia near Whigham.

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yesterday Reports Graphic

This storm system only continued to strengthen as it moved towards the northeast coast. Three people were killed in Waverly, VA when a confirmed EF-1 tornado destroyed mobile homes on Wednesday.

An EF0 and EF1 tornado were reported in North Carolina and there were multiple reports of hail across the state.

The main threat on Wednesday was damaging wind gusts with reports stretching from east Tennessee to New York.

Brittney Bryant
WMC Action News 5 Meteorologist
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