May 1st, 2010
01:56 PM ET

'High risk' of severe storms today

There is a “high risk” today of severe storms according to the Storm Prediction Center for these areas:   

- Southeastern Missouri
- South and eastern Arkansas
- Western Tennessee
- Northern Louisiana
- Northeastern Mississippi

A “high risk” forecast means there is a 30 percent chance of a tornado forming within a 25 mile radius of the highlighted area.

It also means that some of the tornadoes potentially could be EF2 or stronger (they could contain winds measuring more than 110 mph).

"High risk" days are rare and typically only issued a few times a year.

Flash flooding is a huge concern. National Weather Service spotters estimate that parts of Shelby and Tipton counties in Tennessee accumulated between 8 and 10 inches of rain during a six-hour period.

More heavy rain is expected there as well as in Mississippi. Driving will be particularly tough along Interstate 55 & Interstate 40. These storms could also contain frequent lightning strikes and damaging hail.

See the latest warnings and watches at NOAA's Web site. Check out the weather in your area.

May is the month the U.S. sees the most tornadoes. So, if you don't have a NOAA weather radio, get one this weekend, put in fresh batteries and stay tuned for any weather warnings issued for your area.

Stay safe in the spring storms!

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  1. Thanks :o)

    Lol, quite understandable

    May 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. David

    All of you belittling religion are just as ignorant as those claiming it to be the ultimate answer. Man creates problems, wars, disasters, etc... in the name of their deity. I have yet to see anything in this world that has lead to death and destruction that wasn't created or caused by man, often times in the name of a religion. So don't belittle someone's beliefs because you don't believe. If you think you're above that level of thinking, then don't act like a kid in grade school and try and push the opposite rhetoric on someone else. You don't appreciate it when a religion does it to you, so quit doing it to them You people don't seem to get the fact that all of you are the effin same, yet you piss and maon at each other is if your view is more important, greater and more logical that the rest.

    The truth is, no one knows it all. No one actually knows if there is or is not an almighty being, group of beings, or lack there of.

    So why not act like humans instead of turning into petulant little spoiled brats? No one seems to care about their fellow man anymore, and instead would rather argue instead of understand. Good job, folks. True class acts. It's only a shame you can't put the same level of effort into humility and decency.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bob

    I would like to talk to all of you naysayers 1 minute after your heart beats for the last time and then see what your story is

    May 1, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jeff

    I'll look forward to our little chat!

    May 1, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. joe jack


    May 1, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Paul

    Religious fundamentalism is the greatest evil and seen here...side show on earth.

    May 1, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. THINK

    @David-if you notice-MOST of the time it is the ones who push the religion that stir the pot first–everyone else just takes their turn stirring or adding ingredients

    May 1, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. almxx

    People refuse to look at earth and recognize what it really is. It's a giant automated machine that is programmed to exactly follow the laws {rules} programmed into it. The laws of earth have no emotion, people and animals do. We are on earth to experience the emotions of our lives; which we do in response to things that happen to us, or conditions we face in our lives. Everything that happens on earth or in our lives does so because it has no choice, just as we have no choice but to accept that which we are powerless against. You will have to decide for yourself whether what happens to each of us in our lives is justice or not. I myself, think we are living our perfect justice, thereby paying off our debts to some power that is great enough to put us onto this earth, and into the positions of our individual lives. You can insist that such a power doesn't exist, or you can give it whatever name you wish. Just remember one thing.....There are no ACCIDENTS1111 Remember for instance, that you are never anywhere accidentally.

    May 1, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. AndyB

    David, well said dude. I'm an ex-christian, but think everyone should discuss the topic at hand, the oil spill. Let 'em debate theology on a different website.

    May 1, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. paul

    religion is for your spirtual benifit when you leave this earth, eternal salvation, anyone that tells you everything includeing your life dies and ends at the grave, then there is no need for religion, people do not need others preaching to them, keep,it to your selves, it is for your own personal benifit, others have intelligents too, give them a chance to find out on thier own , it will give them a chance to think, instead of confusing them and flustrateing them , you people with your preaching are wrong , and you people makeing sarcastic remarks are not helping any,

    May 1, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mjdaniel

    Worst flooding in Nashville in over 20 years. All 3 major interstates are shut down due to 6+ feet of water.

    May 1, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bill

    Haliburton didnt have anything to do with putting out or capping any wells in Iraq. That was Red Adair and his team. Haliburton built the cement columns supporting the oil rig that gave way and collapsed.

    May 1, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. musicmoviestvsite

    I got good info from your blog…

    October 25, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
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