Tornado watch for parts of the Mid-South until 9 p.m.
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The National Weather Service has issued a TORNADO WATCH until 9 PM for the entire Mid-South.
Today is a FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY.
An increased potential exists for severe thunderstorms across the entire Mid-South this afternoon and evening.
National Weather Service:
- Tornado warning issued for Tippah and Benton counties in Mississippi until 6:30 p.m.
- Tornado warning issued for Phillips County, AR and Coahoma and Quitman counties in MS until 6 p.m.
- Flash flood warning issued for Memphis and Bartlett, TN and Southaven, MS until 7:45 p.m.
- Tornado warning extended for Memphis and Bartlett, TN and West Memphis, AR until 4:15 p.m.
- Tornado warning issued for Dyer County, TN until 4:15 p.m.
- Tornado warning issued for Tipton and Shelby counties in TN and for Crittenden County, AR until 4:15 p.m.
- Tornado warning issued for Mississippi County, AR and Lauderdale and Dyer counties in TN until 3:45 p.m.
- Tornado warning issued for Dyer County, TN until 3:30 p.m.
- Tornado warning issued for Poinsett and MS counties in Arkansas until 3:15 p.m.
- Tornado warning issued for Mississippi County, AR until 3:15 p.m.
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has included most of the Mid-South in a Level 4 Risk, which is significant. This means widespread severe weather is likely and that some storms can be long-lived and intense.
THREATS: Tornadoes, large hail and damaging wind all are possible with thunderstorms that become severe. A few tornadoes may be strong. Heavy rainfall and flash flooding will also be possible.
TIMING: The timeframe for severe weather will be 1 PM to 11 PM, west to east.
The National Weather Service has issued a WIND ADVISORY in effect until 1 AM Thursday.
South winds 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph are expected, but winds will be stronger with the more intense storms.
Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.
Additionally, some areas are also under a FLOOD WATCH until Midnight.
Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations.
Rainfall amounts will range from 1 - 2 inches with locally higher amounts.
The First Alert Storm Tracking Team will continue to monitor this weather event, so stay tuned for updates!
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