Tornadoes and damaging winds are likely Easter weekend

A severe storm outbreak is developing that could bring tornadoes, damaging winds, and hail to millions across the South. In addition, late season snow falls across New England and heavy rain continues across southern California today.

Posted: Apr 10, 2020 12:30 PM
Updated: Apr 10, 2020 12:30 PM

A severe weather outbreak is possible this weekend across parts of the South.

According to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC), "tornadoes (potentially strong/long-tracked) and widespread damaging winds are expected to be the primary hazards."

The threat stretches from Texas on Saturday to Georgia by Sunday night.

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The Easter weekend will start relatively quiet Friday into Saturday morning.

We will start to see showers developing across the South during the day on Saturday, mainly across West Texas.

This region is currently drought-stricken, so the rain will be beneficial. The showers could be heavy at times, but shouldn't be many on the severe side.

As we get into Easter Sunday, things ramp up.

An outbreak of tornadoes appears likely on Sunday

"Easter Sunday could be a very dangerous day in the Southeast," CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said. "All of the ingredients for severe weather are likely coming together. You have strong low pressure, strong wind shear, ample Gulf of Mexico moisture, that could lead to multiple tornadoes across the Southeast."

When these ingredients come together, the threat increases for a severe outbreak, with long-track, large tornadoes. The worst of the storms will occur from the afternoon through the overnight time frame.

The SPC, which is part of the National Weather Service, has issued a moderate risk -- level 4 of 5 -- for severe storms Sunday, from Louisiana to Alabama. It includes places like Jackson, Mississippi, Tuscaloosa and Birmingham in Alabama.

"It is very rare for the Storm Prediction Center to have this high a threat level three days in advance," Hennen says.

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They have also deemed stretches from Texas to Georgia to have an enhanced risk -- level 3 of 5. Larger cities like Atlanta, New Orleans and in Tennessee, Memphis and Nashville, are all this enhanced risk area.

And the slight risk -- level 2 of 5 -- stretches even farther from Texas to Virginia. This larger risk area includes Houston, Texas, and in North Carolina, Charlotte and Raleigh.

These risk areas together are home to over 55 million people who are at risk for dangerous severe weather Sunday.

Storms will begin firing up in the Arklatex region (Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas) early Sunday afternoon, and travel east through the rest of the day.

Four tornado safety tips that could save your life >>>

Places like Shreveport and New Orleans, in Louisiana, Jackson, Mississippi, Montgomery and Birmingham in Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia, need to be on the lookout for dangerous storms and possible tornadoes.

If you are in the target area for severe weather, make sure your family has a safety plan.

Remember, in the event of a tornado, get to the lowest floor of your home. Then crouch in a small, interior room or closet away from windows.

Make sure you have a way to get weather alerts on your phone or a weather radio that will alert you if a storm is coming.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 497790

Reported Deaths: 9917
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34102530
DeSoto31839398
Hinds31837622
Jackson24314377
Rankin21881388
Lee15427234
Madison14525279
Jones13772241
Forrest13412250
Lauderdale11937314
Lowndes10934185
Lamar10470135
Pearl River9431237
Lafayette8454138
Hancock7697126
Washington7365156
Oktibbeha7111129
Monroe6727174
Warren6642176
Pontotoc6609101
Neshoba6606205
Panola6460131
Marshall6386132
Bolivar6266145
Union596094
Pike5784152
Alcorn5633101
Lincoln5417134
George491879
Scott470998
Tippah465381
Prentiss464181
Leflore4627143
Itawamba4596104
Adams4570119
Tate4546109
Copiah445191
Simpson4421116
Wayne438572
Yazoo438586
Covington427394
Marion4216107
Sunflower4215104
Coahoma4115104
Leake407787
Newton380879
Grenada3692108
Stone358464
Tishomingo356391
Attala330289
Jasper328265
Winston313191
Clay306375
Chickasaw296767
Clarke290694
Calhoun277945
Holmes266987
Smith262550
Yalobusha232647
Tallahatchie225251
Walthall217763
Greene215548
Lawrence211140
Perry204755
Amite203954
Webster201645
Noxubee185340
Montgomery179056
Jefferson Davis170642
Carroll167438
Tunica158639
Benton147438
Kemper141241
Choctaw133026
Claiborne131237
Humphreys129038
Franklin119128
Quitman106227
Wilkinson104539
Jefferson94234
Sharkey64020
Issaquena1937
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 812694

Reported Deaths: 15142
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1139601904
Mobile721751321
Madison51923685
Shelby37240339
Baldwin37044538
Tuscaloosa34902599
Montgomery33919719
Lee23122240
Calhoun22125469
Morgan20620370
Etowah19739496
Marshall18238298
Houston17288405
St. Clair15897337
Cullman15297290
Limestone15178198
Elmore15038284
Lauderdale14125294
Talladega13692271
DeKalb12554258
Walker11069364
Blount10081174
Autauga9883146
Jackson9776177
Coffee9176188
Dale8856180
Colbert8781200
Tallapoosa7032195
Escambia6725127
Covington6672179
Chilton6580160
Russell624758
Franklin5927105
Chambers5558142
Marion4952126
Dallas4854199
Clarke472681
Pike4716105
Geneva4558126
Winston4461101
Lawrence4252117
Bibb421686
Barbour355374
Marengo333989
Monroe329962
Randolph324763
Butler323994
Pickens313581
Henry310565
Hale308787
Cherokee299457
Fayette290579
Washington250851
Cleburne245958
Crenshaw243375
Clay239767
Macon230662
Lamar215446
Conecuh185351
Coosa177738
Lowndes173161
Wilcox167038
Bullock151744
Perry138040
Sumter131138
Greene125544
Choctaw86627
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A cold front passing through our area overnight will bring into our area some of the coolest temperatures of the season so far. We will see most of the highs this weekend only in the upper 60s to lower 70s. While overnight lows will drop off down into the 40s Saturday night.
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