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. liankhawla

    Localised storms are frequent in all parts of the globe this year.

    April 23, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. anthony

    Living in toronto as a Fanatic of mother natures Power I am greatly envious that people in these states will get to witness this storm. I just hope no one gets hurt or gets to stupid.

    REMEMBER PEOPLE GET YOUR CAMERAS OUT!

    April 23, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. kt

    An outbreak, really?

    April 23, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mike W

    I agree, there doesn't seem to be any region that can escape Mother Natures wrath lately. Atleast we have technology to warn us these days.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

    It came through Oklahoma last night and seemed like it was just picking up steam.

    April 23, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Greg

    For the past several weeks I've planned a camping & hiking trip with my 3 kids. Now a storm is coming and it's put off. My luck.

    April 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kristin

    It is nice that those folks will be forwarned. I know they're used to this type of weather too but still nice to have a heads up so they can prepare.

    April 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chris

    Tornadoes are very bad.

    April 23, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. PC

    Ah, spring in Mississippi and the tornadoes are in bloom!

    April 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rod R

    Agreed. Technology is killing us all by creating localised storms all over the globe.

    April 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Monty Burns

    Oh, so mother nature needs a favor does she? Didn't think of that when she was drowning us with plagues and storms and insects. Mother nature started the fight for survival and now she wants to quit because she's losing? Well I say hard cheese.

    April 23, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mom in AL

    Huntsville is the tornado alley of the South. Too bad we have a lot of implants here that panic. No point in that.

    April 23, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff

    Please correct your map. The shaded area is for general thunderstorms, not the slight or moderate risk area for severe storms. This is a considerably smaller area than you have displayed.

    April 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JTB48

    Boy you southerners really know how to "stir up" stuff don't you. Are these really tornadoes is the Tea Party meeting with the Replublican Party someone in Mississippi?

    Guess they ain't in Kansas anymore!!

    April 23, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Shoos

    It's spring, this happens. Why are you reporting all this, like there's some connection with all your articles, it's very disappointing.

    April 23, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
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