Live updates: Deadly severe storms, tornadoes tear through areas from Mississippi to Tennessee

By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
November 06, 2018, 2:43:40 PM EST

As of 6:42 a.m. CST Tuesday, this reports story is no longer being updated. For additional coverage of the storms, click here.

The first full week of November is kicking off with severe thunderstorms across the Tennessee and lower Mississippi River valleys, including several confirmed tornadoes.

"The strongest thunderstorms will have the potential to cause widespread wind damage, tornadoes, hail and heavy downpours," said AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Richard Schraeger.

The highest risk of tornadoes will be in a corridor stretching across northern Mississippi, northwestern Alabama and central Tennessee. This includes Greenville and Tupelo, Mississippi; and Memphis, Jackson and Nashville, Tennessee.

(Image via Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office)

Confirmed tornado spotted in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

(Image via Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office)

Confirmed tornado spotted in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

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Confirmed tornado spotted in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

(Image via Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office)

Home damage from a confirmed tornado spotted in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

(Image via Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office)

Home damage from a confirmed tornado spotted in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

(Photo/National Weather Service Memphis)

(Photo/NWS Memphis)

Damage to a property is seen in Tupelo Mississippi from a National Weather Service storm survey.

These storms will bring an added danger after nightfall, as they will be difficult to see as they approach.

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4:00 a.m. CST Tuesday:

More than 21,400 power outages are currently being reported across Tennessee, according to

3:30 a.m. CST Tuesday:

A tornado was confirmed in a tornado-warned storm as it moved through Scottsboro, Alabama, just after 2:30 a.m. local time.

Farther north, heavy rain has been inundating communities throughout Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky overnight.

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Street flooding in Berea, Kentucky during the early morning hours of Nov. 6, 2018. Via twitter/BigSteveHensley

In Franklin and Warren counties in Kentucky and Cheatam County, Tennessee, over half a foot of water was rushing across intersections, forcing road closures. Over 2 inches of rain were measured in Elkton, Kentucky, as well.

Lingering storm damage and street flooding will result in travel delays for the morning commute and those heading to the polls.

2:20 a.m. CST Tuesday:

Local media has reported widespread damage across Tennessee in the wake of tonight's storms, including heavy damage and a destroyed press box at Loretto High School baseball field, and downed trees and power lines across Franklin County.

One death and several injuries have been confirmed in Christiana, Tennesse, which is in Rutherford County. The fatality occurred when strong winds caused a house to collapse. A mobile home is reportedly on its side and power lines are down all across back roads in the area, according to local media.

In Rutherford County during a press conference, referring to the fact that schools will be closed Tuesday for the election, spokesperson Patrick Miller of Rutherford County Emergency Management Services said, “We urge the kids that are going to be home to today - stay inside, enjoy your day off and stay safe."

Students at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville were ushered to the bottom floor of their dormitories as storms rolled through around 1:00 a.m. CST.

Emergency crews in Tupelo, Mississippi, have begun assessing damage following a potentially tornadic storm that moved through earlier tonight. Tupelo Communications Director Leesha Faulkner said there was a gas leak in a residential area of the city and power outages have been reported.

The tornado watch has been extended eastward and now includes much of eastern Tennessee, northern Georgia and far western portions of North Carolina. As this line of storms marches eastward overnight, tornadoes and damaging winds will continue to be a threat.

1:30 a.m. CST Tuesday:

In Murfreesboro, Tennessee, students at Middle Tennessee State University awoke to tornado sirens and cell phone notifications around midnight as a tornado-warned storm moved overhead. So far, no damage has been reported at the university.

Emergency managers reported a collapsed house in the wake of a tornado-warned storm that moved through Christiana, Tennessee, around 12:20 a.m. CST.

Similar damage is possible with this storm as it continues to plow through central Tennessee over the next few hours.

12:35 a.m. CST Tuesday:

A series of tornado warnings are currently in effect from central Mississippi through central Tennessee. The National Weather Service has confirmed that a storm south of Nashville has produced a "large and extremely dangerous tornado" that is currently approaching Woodbury and Auburntown, Tennesee.

If you are under a tornado warning, take shelter immediately.

In the wake of these storms, reports of downed trees, power lines and large branches are plentiful along with collapsed roofs and scattered cars, suggesting widespread damage.

Wind gusts around 40 mph have been reported at area airports as the storms passed through, though local damage reports will likely find that much higher gusts are occurring.

Anyone in an area under a tornado watch tonight should keep a weather radio or charged cell phone nearby with weather alerts enabled, and head to a storm shelter or other safe place at the first sign of threatening weather.

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Tornado Watch (dark red), tornado warnings (bright red), severe thunderstorms warnings (orange) and flash flood warnings (bright green) in effect across the southern U.S. around 1:00 a.m. CST on Nov. 6, 2018.

9:00 p.m. CST Monday:

There are reports of a possible tornado near Burgess in western Lafayette County, Mississippi, just north of Oxford, Mississippi.

8:05 p.m. CST Monday:

Tornado warnings have been issued in northwestern Mississippi for very strong rotation over Marks, Mississippi; and Lambert, Mississippi. The rotation is moving rapidly northeast toward the Sardis, Mississsippi, area.

6:22 p.m. CST Monday:

Roads in some areas will begin to flood as storms release heavy downpours. Chrystal Hill Road in Hill Township, Arkansas, is flooded.

5:40 p.m. CST Monday:

There is an area of concern for a potential tornado west of Columbia, Louisiana, as of 5:40 p.m. CST.


4:52 p.m. CST Monday:

A dangerous tornado producing a supercell is approaching I-49 southwest of Powhatan, Louisianna, as of 4:52 p.m. CST.


4:48 p.m. CST Monday:

Photos and video were captured of the tornado near Natchitoches, Louisiana.

4:15 p.m. CST Monday:

A tornado has been confirmed by law enforcement near Natchitoches, Louisiana, and is tracking toward Saint Maurice. This storm may also bring flooding downpours and small hail.

3:51 p.m. CST Monday:

Severe thunderstorms are beginning to develop across the southeastern United States and will become more widespread in the coming hours.

The first severe storm of the afternoon has developed and is capable of producing a tornado near Zwolle, Louisiana.

3 p.m. CST Monday:

Severe thunderstorms are anticipated from Louisiana to Kentucky on Monday afternoon into Monday night with the greatest tornado threat focusing on northern Mississippi, northwestern Alabama and central Tennessee.

Storms will also be capable of bringing damaging winds, frequent lightning and flooding downpours.

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