The threat for severe thunderstorms continues along the Gulf Coast through this evening, after nearly a dozen tornadoes were reported in Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and Georgia this morning and afternoon.
According to a report from Lacombe, La., a tornado ripped off the roof of a home. Roofs of homes were also reportedly ripped off around Silverhill, Ala.
Around 6:30 CST this morning, the line of thunderstorms responsible for the tornado reports moved through New Orleans, which just finished its Mardi Gras celebrations.
A hurricane-force wind gust of 77 mph was measured at New Orleans International Airport as the thunderstorms blasted through. In just a half an hour, 3 inches of rain fell.
This image shows tornado reports across the South today with 11 as of 2:45 p.m. EST. Visit AccuWeather.com's Jesse Ferrell's blog for more details on the storm reports and for radar images.
While the threat of tornadoes has largely diminished, thunderstorms will remain dangerous as they prowl farther east across the South, tearing through northern Florida and southern Georgia through early tonight.
The main threats will be damaging winds and flash flooding.
The severe thunderstorms first erupted Tuesday across northeastern Texas, reportedly spawning several tornadoes near Brookston, Detroit and Clarksville, Texas. The thunderstorms continued on to produce damaging winds and large hail farther south and east across Arkansas, Louisiana and southern Mississippi overnight into this morning.
There was one report of a possible tornado just north of Interstate 10 in the Biloxi area with damage to a trailer park. Trailers were reportedly tipped over.
Several reports of tornadoes have also come out of Mobile County, Ala., in Theodore and near Bellefontaine and Tillmans Corner. Trees were reportedly downed onto homes in Tillmans Corner.
Debris was spotted swirling in the air near Robertsdale, Ala., while tornadoes were also seen in Walnut Hill and Milton, Fla., and later on in Doerun, Ga.
Earlier in the morning, a rain-wrapped twister was sighted in Kenner, La.
Flooding will become a primary concern as the storm spreads heavy rain from the Appalachians into parts of the mid-Atlantic through tonight.
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