As Laura moves inland, it is rapidly weakening thanks to the impact land is having on the storm itself. Even with the weaning of Laura as it approaches the Mid-South, we will see have to watch out for several impacts.
All eyes are on the tropics, as two tropical systems are churning in the Atlantic Hurricane Basin, both with forecasted paths pushing them into the Gulf of Mexico and eventually onshore along the Gulf Coast States.
The storm produced hail, strong winds, lightning and very heavy rain. As of about 5 p.m., MLGW was reporting nearly 10,000 customers without power across Shelby County. prompting Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for multiple counties.
The newest NHC path shows Cristobal weakening to a topical depression as it moves up the state of Louisiana and then into Arkansas. This track pushes it close enough to the Mid-South that we will could potentially have impacts from this system.
The First Alert Weather team is tracking a complex system of showers and storms north of the Mid-South that is expected to roll into the region this afternoon and evening and provide strong to severe storms across parts of the area.
NOAA explains that the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season, there is a 60% chance of an above-average season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season and a 10% chance of ra below-normal season. The next update to the predictions from NOAA will come in early August.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 10 p.m. for the northern half of the Mid-South, including the city of Memphis and Shelby County. It includes all of west Tennessee, far northeastern Arkansas and the far northern counties in Mississippi.
One of the violent EF-4 tornadoes that touched down in South Mississippi on Easter has been given an official width of at least 2 miles. That report is according to surveys conducted by the National Weather Service out of Jackson, Mississippi.
The severe weather risk for the Mid-South continues to lower but we are not out of the woods just yet. A few strong thunderstorms are possible with gusty winds, hail and even a tornado cannot be ruled out.