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.
The WMC Action News 5 First Alert Weather team is tracking the potential for strong to severe storms across the Mid-South on Easter. With the growing threat for severe storms, we have declared tomorrow a First Alert Weather Day.
This years forecast from CSU calls for 2020 to be a rather active season. This includes a forecast for 16 named tropical storms, 8 of them becoming hurricanes, and four of those storms reaching the destructive “major” hurricane category.
A cold front to our west will roll into the Mid-South around 4 pm and continue producing showers and storms through midnight tonight, starting in Eastern Arkansas and then moving into West Tennessee and North Mississippi.
More than $1 million in disaster loans have been approved by the U. S. Small Business Administration for Tennessee businesses and residents with losses resulting from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding March 3, 2020.
There will be a chance for strong to severe thunderstorms in the Mid-South late Thursday night into early Friday morning. As a cold front pushes into the area, it will interact with a warm, unstable air mass.
On Feb. 5, 2008, we were under the gun here in the Mid-South. There was a huge and deadly tornado outbreak not only for us in the Mid-South but also for much of the southern United States. This outbreak is known as the “Super Tuesday Outbreak."