- The possibility of severe weather reaches the east coast on Saturday.
- Harmful winds and some tornadoes are possible.
The risk of severe storms will move to the southeast of the country on Saturday, after a large hail, wind gusts and damaging tornadoes were reported from Texas to Mississippi on Friday and early Saturday.
This is what happened tonight, followed by the current forecast for the rest of the event:
A line of heavy thunderstorms and heavy rain moves southeast across the north coast of the Gulf from Saturday.
The NOAA Storm Prediction Center issued a severe storm until 7 am CDT for parts of southern Louisiana and southern Mississippi. The surveillance area included Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Gulfport, Mississippi.
Since Saturday morning, there have been four reports of tornadoes and numerous reports of damaging wind gusts. Hail was reported up to three inches in diameter near Celina, Texas.
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You can find more information about severe weather reports below the forecast section.
A low pressure system will move through the Southeast on Saturday. Behind this system there is an expansive area of Arctic air, which will burst into the south.
The edge of this cold air, or cold front, will advance southeastward through the southeastern states on Saturday. This will be the focus for severe storms scattered on Saturday.
In front of this system, moisture flows from the Gulf of Mexico on the surface in the southern winds.
In addition, southwesterly winds a few thousand feet above the surface will withstand gusty winds on the surface.
Below is a more detailed look at what can be expected until Saturday.
- Forecast: A broken line of forts to severe storms will move eastward through northern Florida, central and southern Georiga, the coast of South Carolina and perhaps the southern coast of North Carolina at night.
- Threats: The main threat will be to damage wind gusts, but a tornado or two are also possible.
- Cities: Tallahassee, Florida | Charleston, South Carolina | Savannah, Georgia
In addition to severe weather, it is possible for it to rain locally which could cause some flash floods.
Severe Weather Reports
A probable tornado touched land west of Coushatta, Louisiana, or 40 miles southeast of Shreveport, around 7:35 pm CDT, and the tornado may have been on the ground from 20 to 25 minutes. The tornado may have moved through the city of approximately 1,800 people. The radar indicated that this may have been an important tornado, and a rare tornado emergency was issued for this storm.
So far, law enforcement has reported widespread damage to trees in Coushatta, but this is a story in development.
Another reported tornado landed northwest of Pelahatchie, Mississippi. The trees and power lines were demolished, according to the National Meteorological Service.
A debris signal was detected on the radar near Ringgold, Louisana on Friday afternoon, which is probably a sign that a tornado made landfall in the area, but no damage has been reported.
Further east, a video shows an apparent tornado landing near Tallulah, Louisiana on Friday night.
Also in Louisiana, storms brought quarter to hail the size of a golf ball, including these stones near Shreveport :
Severe storms brought quarter to the size of a cup of tea hail to parts of the eastern region of the Red River of northern Texas late in the afternoon of Friday afternoon.
The three-inch hail caused significant damage to vehicles in and around Celina, Texas, located 35 miles north of Dallas.
These storms in the north Dallas metropolitan area produced possible funnel clouds, but it is not known that a tornado landing has occurred.
Another storm produced golf ball-sized hail near the North Texas Regional Airport near Pottsboro, Texas.
Heavy rains in eastern Oklahoma have already caused flooding on the roads. Several roads in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, located south of Tulsa, were closed Friday afternoon due to flooding.