First Alert Weather Day: Tornado Watch canceled as Mid-South severe weather threat ends

Published: Dec. 27, 2021 at 3:37 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 29, 2021 at 7:07 AM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) -The severe weather threat across the Mid-South is over.

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) placed all of north Mississippi under an Enhanced Risk (3 out of 5) and many counties in west Tennessee and eastern Arkansas under a Slight Risk (2 out of 5) on Wednesday.

The main threats were damaging winds, hail, heavy rain, and a weak tornado in north Mississippi.

Parts of the Mid-South have been upgraded to Enhanced Risk (3 out of 5).
Parts of the Mid-South have been upgraded to Enhanced Risk (3 out of 5).(wmc)

An Enhanced Risk (3/5) means that widespread severe weather is not anticipated, but there could be numerous severe thunderstorms.

There are a total of five Severe Weather Risk Categories
There are a total of five Severe Weather Risk Categories(NWS)

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12:03 p.m. -- The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for much of the Mid-South until 7 p.m. Threats include scattered hail up to lime-size, wind gusts up to 75 mph and possible tornadoes.

1:49 p.m. -- Action News 5 viewer Karen Melton shared this video of wind and rain swirling in Atoka.

1:58 p.m. -- NWS Update: Doppler radar is tracking strong thunderstorms along a line extending from near midtown Memphis to Eudora. Movement was southeast at 25 mph. Winds in excess of 40 mph are possible.

2:13 p.m. -- Millington Fire Department reports heavy rain and gusty wind with minor street flooding in curb lanes.

3:28 p.m. -- The National Weather Service has canceled the tornado watch for Crittenden, Lee and St. Francis counties in eastern Arkansas and Fayette and Shelby counties in west Tennessee.

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