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

    Colorado is. You should visit someday. And where are you from Jazz?

    April 17, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    Wait! Before you answer, I bet that I've either been there, or have read something about your hometown area and am familiar with it. OK...go!

    April 17, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzzzz - something fun for everyone

    I'm from NY, Upstate. Sorry u took too long.

    April 17, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jazzzzzzzz - something fun for everyone

    Where do u live? Sorry I forget if you told me already. Is it Colorado? If do you guys get winter threw out the whole state?

    April 17, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jazzzzzzzz - something fun for everyone

    BTW, who's that physco FurryLuci above, Phillip?

    April 17, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. CNNListenUpAndPayAttention

    Are you folks finally getting my message yet?

    Your privacy policy is written to absolve yourselves from any moderation on these forums. What has been going on here is a disgrace and makes cnn look pitiful. Moderation is needed.

    A system should be put in place for people to properly register to participate on these forums. Email addresses should be validated and people should not be allowed to randomly change screen names. These threads are polluted with nonsense, personal chats, vulgar language, name calling and juvenile behavior as illustrated above.

    This makes cnn look like a joke and discourages honest, decent people from engaging here.

    There is no credibility here and it is a disgrace.

    Please fix it CNN.

    April 17, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. fixit

    WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!
    Are you editors finally getting my message yet?

    Your privacy policy is written to absolve yourselves from any moderation on these forums. What has been going on here is a disgrace and makes cnn look pitiful. Moderation is needed.

    A system should be put in place for people to properly register to participate on these forums. Email addresses should be validated and people should not be allowed to randomly change screen names. These threads are polluted with nonsense, personal chats, vulgar language, name calling and juvenile behavior as illustrated above.

    This makes cnn look like a joke and discourages honest, decent people from engaging here.

    There is no credibility here and it is a disgrace.

    Please fix it CNN.

    April 17, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    Yep! Colorado. We call it "Colorful Colorado" and "God's Country". I've never been to upstate NY but recall Benedict Arnold passed that way. he he...and I don't know who FurryLucy is. I have a good idea, but could be wrong./ And yeah, we get winter and snow all throughout the state. Even as late as July, when I go mountain climbing I pack for winter weather. It can be nice and warm one minute, and 20 min. later i'll be huddled in my shelter as a blizzard strikes. It is not rare at all for us Coloradans to experience all four seasons in a matter of hours...and on any day of the year!

    April 17, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jazzzzzzzz

    That would be called CENSORSHIP, cnnlistenupandpayattention. This is AMERICA go back to the tiny island you came from and suck on a banana.

    April 17, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. fixit

    Keep blocking me CNN. I am a honest person and have nothing to hide. I am NOT one of these pranksters on here. Block them. This is going to get escalated to your management. You are playing games. You blocked my original message that had good intent all morning. And then you forced me to post something, that I didn't want to just to illustrate my point.

    Original message:

    Your privacy policy is written to absolve yourselves from any moderation on these forums. What has been going on here is a disgrace and makes cnn look pitiful. Moderation is needed.

    A system should be put in place for people to properly register to participate on these forums. Email addresses should be validated and people should not be allowed to randomly change screen names. These threads are polluted with nonsense, personal chats, vulgar language, name calling and juvenile behavior as illustrated above.

    This makes cnn look like a joke and discourages honest, decent people from engaging here.

    There is no credibility here and it is a disgrace.

    Please fix it CNN.

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

    @fixit...during the course of our discussing any topic, we oftentimes happen to meet interesting people. And since people are more important(to most) than the news is, we get friendly with each other. We usually don't chat until after the article has been thouroughly discussed...but ya never know! Being nice is spontaneous. It just happens! (while being rude and vulgar requires malice aforethought)

    April 17, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jazzzzzzzz

    I'm still here are u ?

    April 17, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    I'm here. What's up?

    April 17, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jazzzzzzzz

    What did u mean by that benedict Arnold comment? Hope not me

    April 17, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    @fixit...your post's aren't being "blocked" by CNN. When you post at the exact same time as someone else, only one of the posts will appear. (This is what is meant by "due to volume, not all posts will appear" as clearly written below) Of course one IS blocked for using foul language. But just like any good pricipal or law, mean-hearted individuals find ways around it. (shrug)

    April 17, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
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