April 23rd, 2010
08:44 AM ET

Substantial risk of severe storms Friday, Saturday

The Storm Prediction Center is forecasting some strong tornadoes across the lower Mississippi River Valley this afternoon.

Severe thunderstorms will develop later this morning and continue through the overnight hours across portions of the mid- and lower- Mississippi River Valley.

The Storm Prediction Center is forecasting a few strong tornadoes across the lower Mississippi River Valley this afternoon and tonight.

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The areas that are under the gun today include:

  • Arkansas, including the city of Little Rock
  • Northern Louisiana, including the city of Shreveport
  • Northern and western Mississippi
  • Western Tennessee, including the city of Memphis and Northeast Texas

Severe storms are also possible over eastern portions of the southern Plains, the mid-Mississippi River Valley and Nebraska.

A second wave of severe storms is expected to develop across Louisiana and Mississippi tomorrow morning and spread eastward across the Southeast. Storms will once again be capable of producing violent, long-track (EF2-EF5) tornadoes.

This could become a very dangerous situation, with tornadoes expected to continue well into the overnight hours, after people have gone to bed and are not monitoring television or radio for severe weather warnings.

The areas most likely to see tornadoes tomorrow are:

  • Northwestern Louisiana
  • Extreme eastern Arkansas
  • Most of Tennessee, including Memphis and Nashville
  • Most of Mississippi
  • Most of Alabama, including Birmingham and Huntsville
  • Extreme northwestern Georgia.

Surrounding this area, isolated to scattered severe storms will be possible. There’s a good chance of severe storms with damaging straight-line winds overnight Saturday in the Atlanta metropolitan area. An isolated tornado or two late Saturday or early Sunday in or near the metro area can’t be ruled out.

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  1. TLL

    I love TS's but they haven't been as strong as they used to be. I guess it's because the air temps have been a few degrees cooler (on average) over the past 5yrs.

    April 23, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gus

    Localized storm? Is there any other type? I've never heard of a global or world wide storm.

    April 23, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fear of technology?

    Rod R-you think technology causes storms? The cleric in Iran thinks immodest women cause earthquakes. Maybe you too should get together. Loonies!

    April 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RRMON

    Let�s see how much moisture can replenish the regions after the evaporating cold winter, if not�

    April 23, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Peter B

    This is going to be a very exceptionally violent outbreak. The tornado seaon to date has been very much below average, mother nature is quick to make up for slower than nornal season tto date by unleashing a storm system capable of prodcuing 100 to 200 twisters within the next two days.

    April 23, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Morganne

    Lived in Mississippi all my life. We get tornados like the coast gets hurricanes and the east coast gets blizzards, earthquakes and wildfires in California. It is a part of life and you just accept it and do your best to prepare. Pretty sure it has nothing to do with technology, since it's been happening since waaay before the technology of today.

    April 23, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. AR

    Denver is getting pounded by wet snow right now.

    April 23, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff S

    PC #7 – LOL!

    Fear of Technology #16 – Clearly Rod was kidding, but seeing as its been a stated inititative of the DoD for years to harness control of weather, and its been theoretically proven to be possible (given the right level of technology and investment), maybe you should consider, before you call someone a Canadian unit of currency. Its HIGHLY likely NOT technology causing this, but its also FAR from being out of the realm of possibility in the modern world.

    Anyway, these storms can be highly beneficial to individuals. We just got over $3000 for hail damage to our two 9-year old cars from our insurance company. Now we have two 9-year old cars with some hail dings in them and $3k more toward an upcoming wedding. YAY for walnut-sized, 70 MPH hail.

    April 23, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. donella draper

    hope everyone is safe, from the bad storms. if its onething, its another!!!!!

    April 25, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
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