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Big East Storm Brings 375 Severe Reports to SE

March 18, 2013; 10:39 AM ET

UPDATE 3/19/2013: I have VERIFIED this photo of extreme hail damage (used with permission here, originally posted to WLBT3 on Facebook). The photographer says it was taken in Pearl, MS (just east of Jackson) yesterday. Just incredible. (A NWS report from Pearl stated: "GOLF BALL TO BASEBALL SIZED HAIL AT STATE EMERGENCY OPS CENTER.")

UPDATE 3/19/2013: A total of 375 wind & hail spotter reports were received by the NWS yesterday. Hail to 3 inches in diameter was reported in Alabama, with 2.75" in Mississippi where there are some incredible photos of hail damage and a tractor trailer blown over a bridge.


Selected updates from our Live Blog, which has a play-by-play of the day of severe weather:

11:15 p.m. EDT Monday: The squall line responsible for the nearly 300 reports of severe weather today is finally exiting the coast of South Carolina and Georgia.

9:15 p.m. EDT Monday: Seminary, Miss., reported tennis ball-sized hail in the town.

6:03 p.m. EDT Monday: A tornado warning was issued for parts of the Atlanta, Ga., metro area.

5:05 p.m. EDT Monday: Baseball-sized hail was reported in Jackson, Miss., on Pinehaven Dr. A person at that location is reported to have head trauma.

4:56 p.m. EDT Monday: A tree is down on a house on Silverwood Drive in Talladega, Ala. A person is trapped in the home, according to the emergency crew.

3:59 p.m. EDT Monday: Winds downed 15 trees in Columbus, Miss., knocking out the power to the northern half of the county.

UPDATE: The storms are in-between unusually hot weather (99 degrees at multiple locations in southern Texas) and unusually cold weather (20s and snow in Pennsylvania):


A huge storm was spinning over the Eastern U.S. this morning, threatening coastal flooding, heavy snow, and severe weather.

A line of thunderstorms in the South brought multiple Tornado Warnings to Nashville, and hail to half an inch across was reported in the city. Trees were downed to the northwest of town. Shown here is a skycam in Nashville just before the storms hit, and a radar image afterwards, showing those storm reports.

In Kentucky, flooding was the story: Each of the man/house icons shown below indicate that water was up over roadways, after several hours of heavy rain.

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Jesse Ferrell's WeatherMatrix blog covers extreme weather worldwide with a concentration on weather photos and Social Media.