FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Dangerous storms to move through the Mid-South Friday
March 31, 2023
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Intense and widespread severe thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and evening across the Mid-South.
TIMING: The window of opportunity for severe weather will generally be between 3 PM and Midnight as storms move West to East.
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has outlined the entire Mid-South for a risk of severe weather.
Most of the Action News 5 viewing area is outlined in a very rare “High Risk” (Level 5/5) while a few areas in eastern Arkansas and west Tennessee remain under “Moderate Risk” (Level 4/5).
THREATS: At least a few long-track, strong to potentially violent tornadoes are probable
Swaths of intense damaging wind gusts along with very large hail are expected as well.
Make sure to review your severe weather safety plan with your family.
A WIND ADVISORY is in effect from 7 AM Friday to 1 AM Saturday as South winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts of 40 to 50 mph expected.
Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.
Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.
STAY ALERT: Stay tuned to the First Alert Weather Team for more details. You can watch our live updates on Apple TV, Roku TV and Fire TV if Tornado Warnings are issued.
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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