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Severe storms sweep through the Mid-South: Damages, power outages reported

Funnel Cloud spotted near Osceola, AR
Strike of lighting spotted facing North on Craft Road exit 7 on 269.
Strike of lighting spotted facing North on Craft Road exit 7 on 269.(The Weather Whisperers)
Updated: Mar. 27, 2021 at 7:38 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A Tornado watch has been issued for parts of the Mid-South ahead of possible storms.

FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: Tornado Watch 64 is in effect until 4 AM. Sunday for the following areas in Arkansas -- Crittenden, Lee, Phillips, and St. Francis counties. Alcorn, Benton, Coahoma, DeSoto, Lafayette, Marshall, Panola, Prentiss, Quitman, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, and Union counties in Mississippi. Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Shelby and Tipton Counties in Tennessee.

Heavy rains lead to pooling water in this parking lot near American Way and Getwell
Heavy rains lead to pooling water in this parking lot near American Way and Getwell(WMC)

12:51 AM Update - Several trees are down on homes in Grand Junction, and Grand Valley, TN in Hardeman County. No reported injuries.

12:35 AM Update - Outages drop to 2123 customers on the MLGW Outage Map

12:19 AM Update - TORNADO WARNING issued for Alcorn, Hardin, and Tishomingo until 12:45 a.m.

12:02 AM Update - TORNADO WARNING issued for McNairy, Benton, Alcorn and Tippah until 12:15 a.m.

11:53 PM Update - DAMAGE REPORTS:

  • Two homes with roof damages reported in the Crenshaw area in Panola Co. No injuries reported.
  • A tree collapsed onto a mobile home in Carson Lake, Arkansas. No injuries reported.
  • A home is damaged just outside of Marie, AR. No injuries reported.

11:30 PM Update - A TORNADO WARNING has been issued for Hardeman and McNairy in Western Tennessee until 12:00 a.m.

11:29 PM Update - The MLGW Outage Map is reporting 3623 customers without power across Shelby County.

11:08 PM Update - Heavy rain and rounds of lighting spotted as parts of Tennesee experience thunderstorms and tornado threats.

10:57 PM Update - A TORNADO WARNING has been issued for the following areas in Mississippi-- Lafayette, Marshall, Tippah, Tate and Benton until 11:45 PM.

10:44 PM Update - A TORNADO WARNING has been issued for the following areas in Tennessee-- Henderson, Hardeman, Madison, Chester, and Decatur counties until 11:30 PM.

10:42 PM Update - The MLGW Outage Map is reporting 9207 customers without power across Shelby County.

10:35 PM Update - A TORNADO WARNING has been issued for the following areas in Mississippi-- Lafayette, DeSoto, Marshall, Tate and Panola counties affecting Senatobia, Holly Springs, Wall Doxey State Park, John W Kyle State Park, Sardis, Coldwater, Byhalia, Como, Pleasent Grove, Harmontown, Red Banks, Laws Hill, Barr, Independence, Marianna, Abbeville, Waterford, Crossroad, Tyro and Watson until 11:15 PM.

10:05 PM Update - A TORNADO WARNING has been issued for the following areas in Mississippi-- Coahoma, Tunica, Tate, Quitman and Panola counties until 10:45 PM.

10:00 PM Update - The MLGW Outage Map is reporting over 900 customers without power across Shelby County.

9:55 PM Update - A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING has been issued for Crittenden, Tunica, DeSoto, Tipton, Fayette, Shelby, Crockett, Henderson, Gibson, Fayette, Hardeman, Carroll, Haywood, Madison, and Chester County until 10:45 PM.

9:43 PM Update - A TORNADO WARNING has been issued for parts of Arkansas and Mississippi affecting Central Phillips in Eastern Arkansas, Northern Coahoma, Tunica and Quitman County in Northwestern Mississippi until 10:30 PM.

9:00 PM Update - The MLGW Outage Map is reporting over 331 customers without power across Shelby County.

8:28 PM Update - A TORNADO WARNING has been issued for Little Rock affecting Monroe County and East Central Arkansas County until 9:30 PM.

8:28 PM Update - A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING has been issued for Lauderdale, Tipton and Mississippi counties until 9:00 PM.

8:38 PM Update - A TORNADO WARNING is effective until 9:00 p.m. for Central Decatur County in Western Tennessee.

8:19 PM Update - Sirens are going off for a tornado warning in the Northwestern part of Shelby Co.

8:28 PM Update - A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING has been issued for parts of Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee which include: St. Francis and Crittenden, AR, DeSoto and Tunica County, MS and Shelby County, TN until 9:15 PM.

8:12 PM Update - EM Director, Wayne Reynolds reported one home damaged and one shop damaged in Marie Arkansas. Vehicles were overturned on I-55 but no reports of injuries.

8:10 PM Update - A TORNADO WARNING is effective until 8:45 p.m. for parts of Shelby, Tipton, Crittenden, Mississippi and Poinsett counties.

7:58 PM Update - A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING has been issued for Randolph and Lawrence County in Eastern Arkansas until 8:45 PM.

7:43 PM Update - A TORNADO WARNING has been extended for parts of Arkansas until 8:30 PM which includes: Wynne, Earle, Parkin, Gilmore, Vanndale, Turrell, Smithdale, Three Forks, Birdeye, Booker, Deckerville, Colton, Coldwater, Togo, River Front, Wittsburg, and Duvall.

7:18 PM Update - A TORNADO WARNING has been issued for Lee County and Northwestern Philips County in Eastern Arkansas until 8:00 PM.

7:05 PM Update - A TORNADO WARNING has been issued for Mississippi, Cross, St. Francis Counties in AR and Tipton, Dyer, and Lauderdale in TN until 7:45 PM.

6:53 PM Update - The MLGW Outage Map is reporting a little over 100 customers without power across Shelby County.

6:25 PM Update - A TORNADO WARNING has been issued for Central Mississippi County in Eastern Arkansas and Northwestern Lauderdale County in Western Tennessee until 7:15 PM which includes: Osceola, Luxora, Keiser, Fort Pillow State Park, Burdette, Marie, Ashport, Ft Pillow, Fulton, Barr, Barfield, Driver, O’Donnell Bend, Grider, Tomato, Tuckertown, Rosa, Carson Lake, Luckett and Rotan.

5:48 PM Update - A TORNADO WARNING has been issued for Poinsett, Northwestern Crittenden and Central Cross County Arkansas until 6:30 PM. Take COVER NOW!

5:43 PM Update - Outages drop to 396 customers. Open the MLGW Outage Map to see who is affected.

5:31 PM Update - A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING has been issued for Northern St. Francis and Southeastern Cross County in Eastern Arkansas until 6:15 PM which includes: Wynne, Parkin, Village Creek State Park, Caldwell, Colt, Vanndale, Smithdale, Fitzgerald Crossing, Colton, McDonald, McElroy, Kinton, Coldwater, Togo, Hawkins, Horton, Rosenbaum, River Front, Crow Creek and Wittsburg.

5:00 PM Update - A Tornado Watch has been issued for Central Henderson County, Northeastern Chester County, Central Decatur County until 5:15 PM.

4:00 PM Update - A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING is issued for Tipton and Lauderdale counties including Henderson, Hardeman, Chester, Madison Counties until 4:45 PM.

4:00 PM Update - Outages drop to 1432 customers on the MLGW Outage Map

2:00 PM Update - Outages drop to 1700 customers. Open the MLGW Outage Map to see who is affected.

10:00 AM Update - Outages near 3000 on the MLGW Outage Map

7:35 AM Update - Outages drop to just over 2000 customers. Open the MLGW Outage Map to see who is affected.

7:25 AM Update - The MLGW Outage Map is reporting over 7000 customers without power across Shelby County.

7:15 AM Update - City of Memphis cancels Saturday vaccination appointments

6:40 AM Update - The MLGW Outage Map is reporting over 5300 customers without power across Shelby County.

6:10 AM Update - The Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Shelby and DeSoto Counties has expired.

6:00 AM UPDATE - The MLGW Outage Map is reporting over 4200 customers without power across Shelby County.

5:45 AM UPDATE - The National Weather Service in Memphis has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... Northeastern DeSoto County in northwestern Mississippi... Southeastern Shelby County in western Tennessee... * Until 615 AM CDT. * At 533 AM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Whitehaven, or near Southaven, moving northeast at 30 mph. HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail. SOURCE...Radar indicated. IMPACT...Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees. * Locations impacted include... Bartlett, Southaven, Collierville, Germantown, Olive Branch, Horn Lake, Hernando, T O Fuller State Park, Cordova, Memphis, Lakeland, Arlington, Southwest Memphis, Lynchburg, Southeast Memphis, Whitehaven, Midtown Memphis, Piperton, Lenow and Cedarview.

Both fronts will bring clouds, rain, and storms to the area, but a cold front late Saturday night will have the greatest potential to produce strong to severe storms.

As a result, the Storm Prediction Center has placed an enhanced risk of severe storms over the entire WMC Action News 5 coverage area.

Severe Weather Risk Map
Severe Weather Risk Map(WMC)

A warm front will lift north this morning bringing clouds and scattered showers and thunderstorms through the morning hours today.

There is a slight chance of a strong storm in the morning, but the most instability and significant storm energy will develop during the day and be in place during the late afternoon and evening ahead of an approaching cold front.

This potentially unstable atmosphere will be ripe for strong to severe storm formation Saturday evening through the overnight hours. The greatest severe threat with this system will be the potential for damaging wind.

The threat of large hail is low, but there will still be the possibility for hail in the area.

The tornado threat is very low, there is still a chance for isolated tornadoes to form along the mainline of rain and storms.

Severe Weather Threat Index
Severe Weather Threat Index(WMC)

The greatest threat for severe storms will come during the overnight hours while many people are sleeping.

That is why it is essential that you have some form of audible warning system to alert you.

If you have a weather radio, make sure that it is ON and the volume is UP.

We also encourage you to download the WMC Action News 5 First Alert Weather app on your smartphone or tablet.

It’s a FREE download and will alert you instantly to any watches or warnings that may be issued.

You’ll also have access to a live, interactive radar, lightning, and wind data, as well as hour by hour and daily forecast, along with special video updates from the First Alert Weather Team.

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Stay weather aware now through the day tomorrow and tomorrow night.

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