Tornadoes likely, including in recently hard-hit Middle Tennessee

Severe storms will impact the Central US as well as the Desert Southwest. Over 13 million people from Dallas to the Appalachian Mountains could see the worst of the severe weather. CNN Meteorologist Derek Van Dam is in with the latest forecast. .

Posted: Mar 13, 2020 5:01 AM
Updated: Mar 13, 2020 5:01 AM

Significant tornadoes are likely Thursday afternoon and evening as a storm system develops across the central United States.

"Strong winds extending through different levels of the atmosphere will make these thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes, and therefore the tornado risk is particularly high today," CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller says. "Especially near the Mississippi and Ohio River confluence in western Kentucky and southern Illinois."

The Storm Prediction Center issued an enhanced risk, level 3 of 5 threat for severe storms for more than 3 million people in Kentucky, Illinois and Ohio.

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"Severe thunderstorms with tornadoes, large hail and wind damage are likely across parts of the mid-Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Valleys this afternoon and evening," the Storm Prediction Center forecast Thursday morning.

The SPC issues their forecasts to inform people that the conditions are ripe for tornado producing storms and they should prepare for possible tornadoes in their area.

This forecast is likely to be unnerving for people in middle Tennessee who are still picking up the pieces from last week's deadly tornadoes. Nashville is in the slight risk area, level 2 of 5, which extends from Texas to Virginia.

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Large hail and damaging winds are the primary threat there, but a few tornadoes are also possible.

"The risk level for tornadoes, according to the SPC, is actually higher than it was last Monday night when the tornadoes hit the metro area," says Miller.

Memphis, St Louis, Louisville and Lexington are all cities in this slight risk area where over 13 million people live.

"That doesn't necessarily mean the Nashville will see tornadoes again today," added Miller, "but the risk is significant and those in the region should be prepared."

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Severe storms are more frequent as the US changes between seasons.

"It is March and severe weather season is upon us," CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said. "Everyone should make sure that they have multiple ways of getting severe weather warnings. Waiting for a tornado siren is not a plan."

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 115088

Reported Deaths: 3255
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds7973177
DeSoto703979
Harrison522384
Jackson457884
Rankin394086
Madison383194
Lee357380
Forrest304678
Jones292484
Washington258399
Lafayette250443
Lauderdale2478135
Lamar225538
Oktibbeha202454
Bolivar201677
Neshoba1849111
Lowndes179962
Panola170040
Leflore167187
Sunflower162349
Warren154855
Monroe150673
Pontotoc147220
Marshall143129
Lincoln140157
Pike138456
Copiah137536
Scott125429
Coahoma124937
Grenada122638
Yazoo122234
Simpson121549
Union118825
Tate116839
Leake115041
Holmes114760
Itawamba113925
Pearl River113660
Adams108544
Prentiss106120
Wayne101722
Alcorn100112
George99218
Covington97527
Marion95042
Tippah90322
Newton86627
Chickasaw85526
Tallahatchie84526
Winston84121
Hancock84028
Tishomingo81241
Attala79426
Clarke75851
Clay69321
Jasper68717
Walthall63927
Calhoun62612
Noxubee59817
Smith59416
Montgomery54923
Yalobusha54514
Claiborne53716
Tunica53517
Lawrence51814
Perry49423
Carroll49312
Greene47818
Stone47514
Humphreys43816
Amite42513
Quitman4206
Jefferson Davis41011
Webster37613
Benton3416
Wilkinson33820
Kemper32615
Sharkey28514
Jefferson27610
Franklin2423
Choctaw2086
Issaquena1074
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Confirmed Cases: 158701

Reported Deaths: 2680
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Jefferson23292377
Mobile16916315
Tuscaloosa10345140
Montgomery10250197
Madison935096
Shelby739063
Baldwin665869
Lee654665
Calhoun459961
Marshall439550
Etowah428551
Houston417034
Morgan416435
DeKalb342629
Elmore320853
St. Clair295542
Limestone287230
Walker279492
Talladega266435
Cullman248024
Lauderdale229442
Jackson215915
Autauga205931
Franklin205531
Colbert202132
Russell19493
Blount193225
Chilton188432
Dallas186627
Coffee177111
Dale176351
Covington174729
Escambia172730
Clarke135217
Chambers135044
Pike134113
Tallapoosa132987
Marion108129
Barbour10339
Marengo101922
Butler101140
Winston92913
Geneva9067
Lawrence85832
Pickens85218
Bibb84014
Randolph82716
Hale76830
Washington74912
Clay74412
Cherokee73814
Henry7176
Lowndes71328
Bullock64917
Monroe64610
Crenshaw60830
Perry5926
Fayette57713
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Macon53620
Lamar4965
Sumter47221
Choctaw39212
Greene34216
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