Severe weather spawns tornadoes
A 6-year-old died when a tree fell on his home as storms rolled through Bald Knob, Arkansas, on Thursday.
April 15th, 2011
10:25 PM ET

Severe weather spawns tornadoes

[10:25 p.m. ET, 9:25 CT] Mississippi Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant has ordered a state of emergency in 14 counties from Friday's storms. The city of Clinton suffered "extensive damage" when a tornado touched down earlier Friday, according to Mississippi's Emergency Management Agency. In Jackson, numerous power poles were snapped along one storm's path, leaving more than 23,400 customers without power, utility company Entergy Mississippi said.

[10:14 p.m. ET, 9:14 CT] Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for 26 counties following severe weather. Storms killed two people in the town of Tushka, where authorities say a tornado touched down Thursday night.

[9:47 p.m. ET, 8:47 CT] Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency for all counties as a result of severe weather. Tornadoes were reported Friday near Livingston, near Melvin, and near Linden.

[8:11 p.m. ET] A tornado warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for northwest metro Atlanta. Affected areas include eastern Cobb County, northern Dekalb County and northeastern Fulton County.

[5:55 p.m. ET] A tornado watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for western and norther Georgia, including the metro Atlanta area, until 12 a.m. Saturday.  Hail up to 2 inches in diameter and wind gusts up to 70 mph are possible, forecasters say.

[4:55 p.m. ET, 3:55 p.m. CT] A tornado was reported on the ground in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, near McFarland Mall at 3:44, the National Weather Service said.

[2:55 p.m. ET, 1:55 p.m. CT] The city of Clinton, Mississippi, suffered "extensive damage" from a tornado that struck Friday, the state Emergency Management Agency said.

[2:48 p.m. ET, 1:48 p.m. CT] A tornado emergency has been issued for towns of Geiger, Panola, New West Green, and Pleasant Ridge in Alabama. At 1:34 pm CDT, storm spotters were tracking a large and extremely dangerous tornado that was mile wide, the National Weather Service said. The tornado was located 23 miles northwest of Livingston moving east at 45 mph.

[1:24 p.m. ET, 12:24 p.m. CT] A tornado has touched down southeast of Linden, Alabama, the National Weather Service said. Tornadoes have also been reported in Melvin, Alabama, and in or near the cities of Loper, Madden, Mt. Sterling, Ludlow, Clinton and Jackson in Mississippi, according to authorities.

[12:49 p.m. ET, 11:49 a.m. CT] A tornado touched down near State Line, Mississippi, at 11:45 am CDT on Friday morning. The tornado was reported by emergency management officials, the National Weather Service said. There are no reports of injuries or damage at this time.

[12:44 p.m. ET, 11:44 a.m. CT] A 34-year-old woman and a 7-year-old child have been discovered dead inside a Little Rock, Arkansas, home after being struck by a falling tree during severe storms Thursday, the state Department of Emergency Management confirmed. The deaths bring to nine the number of people killed by storms in Arkansas and Oklahoma Thursday.

[12:37 p.m. ET, 11:37 a.m. ET] A tornado was reported on the ground 2 miles east-southeast of Melvin, Alabama, by emergency management officials Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service said. Damage to the Hunt Oil Refinery was reported.

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  1. Philip

    @Jazzzzzzz...he he, not at all. It was just the first thing that popped in my head when you said upstate NY. yer the bees knees dontcha know? (hug)

    April 17, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jazzzzzzzz

    Sorry , I got beat up yesterday for defending myself when I only read what was under Babasy's name. Huge hug back. What are u up to today? I have to work at my second job tonight :( .

    April 17, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzzzz

    I think my next goal would be to start visiting all 49 other states , were should I start?

    April 17, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jazzzzzzzz

    First though, I'm getting rid of my stuppid phone and getting a blackberry but would love the IPHONE scroll and touch.

    April 17, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    Blackberry? that's what banasy has...i don't think she likes it. And if I were gonna visit all the states, i'd start out where i'm at and work my way out. I've never understood why people travel such great distances when there are amazing destinations close by.

    April 17, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    And I gotta get going Jazz. Sorry you hafta work today. It's a glorious day here. I'm looking at Pikes Peak right now. The top 1/3 is covered in snow...from about 10,000 ft. up to 14,110 feet at the top. I'm gonna go get some excersize @Garden of the God's, an amazing rock formation/park. Actually I'm going to the south-end where there aren't many tourists. Oh! And you asked how far I run....I run until my heart rate hits about 145 beats per minute, then I stretch and walk it off. The distance varies, but usually about 3 miles or so. C-ya later Jazzy! ttl

    April 17, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jazzzzzzzz

    I would love to see that reef u described. Love the beach number 1 , love the rolling hills of upstate number 2 , love the deep oceans with all it's magical creatures number 3. ok, I will take my camera and go vandeboging.

    April 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jazzzzzzzz

    See ya later Phillip

    April 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fixit

    @Philip – Thanks much for the kind and polite reply! I think I'm more p/offed at CNN then some of the shenanigans that are on these boards. I know that may sound weird but if you go to the main CNN page to comment on news story, you have to login with a verified email address etc.. From what I've seen there, things are a lot better comment wise. I guess they want to keep things looser here? Not sure, but it seems to me it would help if they did the same thing on these blog forums.

    You hit the nail on the head when you wrote: "Being nice is spontaneous. It just happens! (while being rude and vulgar requires malice aforethought)". Couldn't of said it better. And I guess the best thing to do is (shrug) off any annoyances. But I just don't understand why people have to resort to vulgarity, name calling and childish behavior. Plus, the name highjacking thing is outrageous. I can see why that fellow Cesar was upset about it. People do that then make nasty comments under someone else's handle. Very bizarre. It must be an outlet for their troubles in the world. It's probably best if I avoid this place, I don't know how long I could shrug things off but that's just me.

    It's a shame, you strike me as a nice guy and think I could have some good discussions with you. BTW, I lived in the Springs area for a year and a half, back in the 90's. In fact, I worked for a start-up on Garden of the God's road. I had an office where I could gaze at Pikes Peak during the day. A beautiful place and hated to leave there.

    Anyways, thanks again for the kind reply and all the best!

    George D. (and if I stick around that will be my handle)

    April 17, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    Wow. Thank you George. Those are some of the kindest words I've heard all day! Most of us here blog using our cellphones and blackberrys, I use an older LG Lotus. (it looks like a mini laptop) And i get on my PC and do this...I am Philipe12 when I visit "paging Dr. Gupta", etc. I mostly return here because of the people that are here. The nice folks here far outnumber the rude and abnoxious. (i can get the news anywhere) So you worked for an upstart on Garden of the God's road? Hope it wasn't Hewlett-Packard. You'd be fartin' dust.(so old by now) he he. Nice to meet you George D. Hope you stick around. (handshake and slap on shoulder)

    April 17, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
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