FIRST ALERT: Severe storms are over, but cold air is moving into the area
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Several tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in the Mid-South overnight. A cold front interacted with warm air, which caused some storms to produce tornadoes, hail and damaging winds Friday night.
The threat is now over on Saturday morning and any remaining rain will end after 7 am. However, clouds will not clear until this evening. Temperatures will tumble into the upper 20s and lower 30s tonight.
Many areas are still without power after Friday night storms. According to Entergy Arkansas, there are nearly 18,000 power outages in the state of Arkansas. This includes outages in the following counties where a reported tornado was sighted:
- 1,682 Mississippi County
- 3,055 Craighead County
- 3,374 Poinsett County
- 58 Crittenden County
- 503 Cross County
According to Entergy Mississippi there are nearly 200 power outages in the state of Mississippi.
- 95 Desoto County
Memphis, Lights, Gas, and Water (MLGW) reports 26, 169 customers impacted by outages.
Two people were killed and five others were injured as a tornado moved through Monette at a local nursing home, according to a Craighead County Judge. The judge has issued a state of emergency for the Monette area due to the storms.
As many as 20 people were reportedly trapped in the basement of the nursing home when first responders made the scene, and responders are working to get through the debris at this time.
BE PREPARED! HAVE A WAY TO GET ALERTS!
Overnight tornadic events are especially dangerous.
In order to prepare for the next weather event, we recommend having several ways to get watches and warnings.
Be sure to download the WMC First Alert weather app for Apple or Android to your smartphone or tablet. It’s FREE and will give you instant access to current weather conditions and forecasts for your specific location.
You’ll also have a live, interactive radar and should any advisories or warnings be issued for your location you will get them instantly on your phone or tablet.
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