Published: Fri, March 15, 2019

FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Severe storms possible this afternoon & evening

FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Severe storms possible this afternoon & evening

River Valley: The threat for severe weather is higher in the River Valley and south, mainly along and south of I-40.

There's a risk for strong to severe thunderstorms across our area over the next few hours this morning. A Tornado Warning means rotation has been spotted.

Two apparent tornadoes touched down Saturday in central Arkansas, destroying shops as severe storms raking the South damaged some buildings and tore away roofs in northeast Mississippi.

The National Weather Service has issued tornado watches for parts of Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas and says those states face an "enhanced risk" for severe weather.

Saturday's storm roughed up the small community of Walnut, pop. 3,000, not far from the state line with Tennessee.

The main threats are damaging wind and tornadoes, with the best chances being along and west of a line from Winchester, Tenn., to Arab in Alabama.

"It can be more hard to reach people at night", Bunting said.

Forecasters across the region were studying computer models and tracking the system's progress.

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.

"So it's a very delicate balance - we don't need the rain, but we're hoping that maybe the atmosphere will stay more rain-cooled throughout the day and help mitigate the severe weather threat", he said.

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.

The watches come just a week after powerful twisters swept through Alabama and killed 23 people.

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