FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Tornado warnings issued as remnants of Laura reach the Mid-South

FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Tornado warnings issued as remnants of Laura reach the Mid-South

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Tropical Depression Laura is pushing through the Mid-South. Though weakened from the Category 4 hurricane that made landfall in Cameron, Louisiana Wednesday night, Laura still poses a small tornado threat for the Mid-South.

The National Weather Service has issued several tornado warnings for the area. See the active warnings here.

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Oxford City Emergency Management reports a tornado in Oxford, Mississippi around 6:30 a.m. No damage or injuries are being reported.

DAMAGE REPORTS

  • A suspected tornado damaged several homes and a church in Lake City, Arkansas Thursday night.
  • Phillips County EMA reports downed trees in Lexa, Marvell and on Highway 44 near Helena. Some small structures are damaged on Highway 20 west of Elaine.
  • St. Francis County Sheriff’s Office reports downed trees and power lines in Colt, Arkansas. A tree fell on Pine Tree Church and another one was blocking a road.
  • Cross County Sheriff’s Office reports flooding and downed trees in the Wynne and Hickory Ridge areas.
  • Tunica County Emergency Management reports a tree on a house and a power line on a car.
  • See Entergy Arkansas outages here.
  • See Entergy Mississippi outages here.
  • MLGW is reporting more than 8,500 customers without power. See outages here.


MID-SOUTH IMPACTS

SEVERE STORMS: The First Alert Weather team is tracking several impacts that Hurricane Laura will bring to the Mid-South. First we are tracking the threat for quick, spin-up tornadoes due to the rotation around the storm along the strong outer bands of the tropical system.

The risk for strong storms become more widespread across the Mid-South Friday.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed a large area of West Tennessee and North Mississippi under a Slight (2 out of 5) risk for tornadoes and strong storms in parts of west Tennessee and north Mississippi.

Plan now and have multiple ways to gain watches and warnings if your area of the Mid-South is under one.

WIND THREAT: Winds will be howling as Laura continues its track inland and around the area. A majority of the area is under a wind advisory until late Friday.

Winds could be in excess of 30+ mph through Thursday night and into the day Friday, even lasting into Saturday morning.

FLOODING THREAT: As with a tropical system, there will be a lot of moisture for this to work with and that will come in the form of rain for parts of the region. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the entire Mid-South region through Friday night.

Forecast models are indicating some areas could see 2 to 5 inches of rain in a short period of time. Remember the saying, turn around, don’t drown if you encounter any flooded areas.

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