Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Forecasters warn of possible tornadoes in South

Forecasters warn of possible tornadoes in South

After the line of storms moves east later this morning, the rest of Saturday will be warm, sunny, and windy.

The weather service says those states face an "enhanced risk" for severe weather.

National Weather Service meteorologist Marlene Mickelson, based in Memphis, Tennessee, says there were no reports of deaths or injuries though the winds were strong enough to cause the building damage.

Last weekend, the deadliest day of tornadoes in the almost six years, left 23 dead in Alabama.

Prairie County Sheriff Rick Hickman in Arkansas said several buildings were destroyed, power lines were brought down and at least one home was damaged. Goudsward said teams would be sent to assess the damage and determine the strength of the tornadoes.

A watch means conditions are favorable for the possibility of a tornado forming.

As the sun rises Saturday, storms and possibly tornadoes will likely be moving through east Texas and parts of north Louisiana and Arkansas, the National Weather Service is projecting.

The National Weather Service has confirmed at least 38 tornadoes touched down in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and SC as punishing storms crossed the region Sunday. Our primary threats look to be damaging wind gusts of 55 to 65 miles per hour, heavy rain which could lead to flash flooding, and tornadoes. It was the deadliest to hit the US since May 2013, when an EF5 twister killed 24 people in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore. The watches issued Saturday for Tennessee and MS were in effect until 6 p.m. EST; for Arkansas and Louisiana, 4 p.m. EST. The biggest risks are large hail and damaging winds. But that could also exacerbate flooding in the region, where rivers are already running very high, Prichett said.

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