Reports: Thunderstorms Produce Damaging Winds, Hail

By , Senior Meteorologist
May 22, 2013; 6:04 PM ET
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Play video An update on the severe weather threat Tuesday across the southern Plains.

Update at 2:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday:
Severe storms have diminished early Wednesday morning along the Gulf Coast. This blog is no longer live.

Thunderstorms produced damaging winds and hail from northeastern Texas into northern Louisiana and Mississippi during the afternoon and evening hours on Tuesday.

Other clusters of severe thunderstorms also developed across Kentucky and Tennessee, leading to dozens of reports of wind damage.

Showers and thunderstorms also developed across upstate New York and southern New England, bringing damaging wind gusts and hail. There were several reports of golf ball-sized hail in Columbia County, N.Y.

The severe weather will continue to migrate eastward into the Ohio Valley on Wednesday before moving into the Northeast and mid-Atlantic on Thursday.

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UPDATES (All Reports listed in Central Time):

12:45 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Severe weather is winding down across much of the region, although a line of thunderstorms located near and just to the south of Tupelo, Miss., are still capable of producing damaging wind gusts.

10:55 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Part of the roof of a building was blown off of a building along Washington Street in Vicksburg, Miss. These storms are moving eastward and will arrive in the Jackson, Miss., area around midnight local time. Damaging wind gusts will be the primary threat with these storms.

9:45 p.m. CDT Tuesday: A line of severe thunderstorms moving through northeastern Louisiana will move into Mississippi over the next couple of hours, approaching Vicksburg and Jackson, Miss. These storms have produced widespread tree and power line damage across north central Louisiana in the past hour or two.

8:30 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Thunderstorm winds brought down trees in Athens, La.

7:55 p.m. CDT Tuesday: In El Dorado, Ariz., a large tree fell on a house and caused structural damage. No injuries were reported.

7:25 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Trees are down along Highway 71 south, 7 miles southeast of Bossier City, La.

6:45 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Power lines are down in Jacksonville, Texas along Highway 79.

5:45 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Multiple trees are down in Nesbitt, Texas near Highway 154.

5:42 p.m. CDT Tuesday: One inch hail was reported 3 miles north of Collierville, Tenn.

5:07 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Numerous trees are down in De Kalb, Texas.

4:45 p.m. CDT Tuesday: A tree is down on a home 5 miles west of Pittsburgh, Texas.

4:24 p.m. CDT Tuesday: One inch hail was reported in Harker Heights, Texas.

3:32 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Thunderstorm winds brought down trees 6 miles southwest of Huntsville, Tenn.

3:30 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Trees and power lines are down at the Reno City Hall in Reno, Texas.

2:59 p.m. CDT Tuesday: A large tree, brought down by thunderstorm winds, is blocking the road and caused a traffic accident in Allardt, Tenn.

2:49 p.m. CDT Tuesday: A wind gust of 65 mph was reported in Princeton, Texas.

2:43 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Winds are gusting to 69 mph in Garland, Texas, just northeast of Dallas. Further to the north, a wind gust of 68 mph was reported in McKinney, Texas. NWS reported trees down and some power outages.

2:40 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Five miles northeast of Gainesboro, Tenn., a roof was blown off of a house on Sugar Creek Road.

2:37 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Thunderstorm winds brought down trees at the intersection of Valley Creek and Fairway Vista in McKinney, Texas.

2:24 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Thunderstorm winds downed trees 1 mile east of Cookeville, Tenn., near Dry Valley and Buck Mountain Roads.

2:18 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Storms capable of producing tornadoes fired up north of New Boston, Texas and are moving northeast.

2:15 p.m. CDT Tuesday: A 60-mph wind gust was reported in Grapevine, Texas, just northwest of Dallas. Severe weather will impact Dallas in the next 20 minutes.

1:50 p.m. CDT Tuesday: A thunderstorm produced a 73-mph wind gust 3 miles west of Denton, Texas, at 1:38 p.m. CDT.

1:30 p.m. CDT Tuesday: "The greatest chance of tornadoes lies south and east of Dallas the next few hours," AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark said. "Showers and thunderstorms approaching Dallas over the next few hours with strong, gusty winds and hail being the main threats."

Tyler and Longview, Texas, and Texarkana, Ark., are among the cities and towns at risk.

12:45 p.m. CDT Tuesday: meteorologists are watching an area from Ardmore, Okla., to west of Dallas, Texas, for violent storms to erupt. Please pay close attention to watches and warnings in this corridor.

11:50 a.m. CDT Tuesday: While the main threat of tornadoes shifts south today, severe thunderstorms are still impacting Oklahoma. A storm with a long history of producing golf ball-sized hail is moving toward Oklahoma City. See radar image below:

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