Severe weather wreaked havoc yesterday as tornadoes moved crossed the southern US, and residents try to clean up as more severe weather is coming on Friday.
Tornadoes moved through several southern states
Tornadoes moved through Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi yesterday leaving a trail of damage, but so far only reports of minor injuries and no deaths.
Tornado watches were also issued over northwest Georgia overnight but there have been no reports of damage.
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Last night’s tornadoes struck in the dead of night when most people were sleeping.
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Severe weather returns on Friday
Currently, the southern US is experiencing summerlike high temperatures, which by Friday will clash with cold air that will be moving southeast in from the west, setting up a scenario for more severe weather.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a warning with a forecast of severe thunderstorms on Friday in portions of the southern Plains and the south.
In particular, the largest area of concern is over portions of Southeast Kansas, Southwest Missouri, Northeast Oklahoma, and Northwest Arkansas.
Rain and thunderstorms are forecast on Friday for portions of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, the Virginias, and North Carolina.
Tornado damage in Northeast Mississippi
A number of buildings were damaged and several people suffered minor injuries after a large tornado moved through northeastern Mississippi on Tuesday evening.
One of those buildings was a Dollar General store, near the Alabama state line, in Tishomingo, Mississippi. The building suffered a near collapse.
Dollar General in Tishomingo, MS one of the building hit by a tornado tonight. No injuries reported but damage all over town. @weatherchannel @NWSMemphis @JimCantore @StephanieAbrams @JenCarfagno #mswx pic.twitter.com/ippKjDqdNT
— Charles Peek (@CharlesPeekWX) March 25, 2020
There was damage throughout the town, taking down several buildings and trees, as well as tossing vehicles.
Damage in Alabama
Several areas of Alabama also saw damage, as tornadoes also took out power and traffic lights in South Huntsville, Alabama.
A tornado took down between 50-60 trees in Decatur, prompting the need for crews to clear roadways.