Live updates: Severe storms turn deadly in southern US as tornadoes rip across Mississippi, Louisiana
By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
November 01, 2018, 12:00:09 PM EDT
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Severe thunderstorms are rumbling across Louisiana and Mississippi through Thursday morning, bringing the threat for tornadoes.
This is a particularly dangerous severe weather event as the storms are occurring during the early morning hours as people are going about their daily routines.
Several tornadoes have already been reported and more can spin up through Thursday morning.
At least two fatalities have been attributed to the storms, with one death reported in Texas and another in Mississippi.
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8:03 a.m. CDT Thursday:
Emergency officials responded to a water rescue in the northwestern part of San Antonio this morning, according to KTSA. The incident occurred near Leon Creek at Bandera Road.
The National Weather Service in Mobile is reporting significant damage around Mobile County as well as numerous trees down in Wayne and Stone counties in Mississippi.
STORM REPORT - Ham radio report of visual rotation near Tillman's Corner in Mobile County last hour. Trees topped, fences blown over, & garage door blown in near the Dawes area in Mobile County, AL. #mobwx #alwx https://t.co/qdT2Lj5eoE— NWS Mobile (@NWSMobile) November 1, 2018
7:33 a.m. CDT Thursday:
A thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is currently located near downtown Mobile, Alabama, and racing off to the northeast at 50 mph.
6:47 a.m. CDT Thursday:
A second-storm related fatality has been reported across the southern U.S., this time in Mississippi.
BREAKING OVERNIGHT: An Alcorn State University student was killed in a storm-related accident on Hwy. 61 in Claiborne County. State troopers say she was in a car with others when a tree fell onto it. pic.twitter.com/iTDbLZ8mhD— Erin Pickens (@erinpickensWAPT) November 1, 2018
6:08 a.m. CDT Thursday:
One fatality has been reported due to the storms in Texas on Wednesday. A Waller County sheriff's deputy was killed where her car veered off the road and became submerged in floodwaters, near Hockley, Texas, ABC13 in Houston reports.
Her name and age have not yet been released.
5:00 a.m. CDT Thursday:
Severe thunderstorms continue to plow through Mississippi and Louisiana this morning and will enter western Alabama within the next hour or two.
The greatest risks from the storms are damaging wind gusts that can snap trees and power lines, isolated tornadoes and downpours that can drastically reduce visibility on the roadways and cause localized flooding.
3:55 a.m. CDT Thursday:
People in eastern Washington Parish in Louisiana and southeastern Walthall and northwestern Pearl River counties in Mississippi are being urged to take cover immediately as a radar confirmed tornado is moving into the area.
The tornado was located over Bogalusa, Louisiana, at 3:43 a.m. CDT.
Radar confirmed tornado SW of Bogalusa! pic.twitter.com/CTk9evstjm— NWS New Orleans (@NWSNewOrleans) November 1, 2018
Damage photos are also beginning to emerge around Pineville, Louisiana, just outside of Alexandria, where a tornado-warned thunderstorm swept through overnight.
More storm damage in Alexandria. This is the First Federal Bank building on N. Mall Dr. in Alexandria. Horrible. Never seen anything like this here in Cenla. pic.twitter.com/bz1NnXkb1z— Steven Maxwell (@StevenMaxwellTV) November 1, 2018
3:35 a.m. CDT Thursday:
Nearly 50,000 customers are without power across Louisiana after severe storms rolled through on Wednesday night, according to poweroutage.us.
Another 10,000 customers are in the dark in Mississippi, but this number is expected to climb through the morning as severe weather is still ongoing in the state.
2:50 a.m. CDT Thursday:
There are numerous reports of downed trees, power lines and telephone lines in the city of Natchez, Mississippi, after a tornado-warned storm swept through the area.
A local emergency manager reports that rescues are ongoing.
While the tornado threat has passed in Natchez, it continues on farther east in Mississippi.
Five TORNADO warnings in western MS that will approach the I55 corridor soon from Jackson down through Brookhaven. Very strong circulations embedded in the squall line @breakingweather @accuweather #mswx pic.twitter.com/j2DPzbam2K— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) November 1, 2018
2:25 a.m. CDT Thursday:
The National Weather Service has added additional counties into the tornado warning in southwest Mississippi.
"At 2:22 a.m. CDT, a tornado producing storm was located over Cranfield, or 10 miles east of Natchez, moving northeast at 50 mph," the warning read.
Anyone in the path of this storm needs to take shelter immediately in the lower level of their home or in a central closet or bathroom with no windows.
Tornado Warning including Fayette MS, Roxie MS, Harriston MS until 3:15 AM CDT pic.twitter.com/ypKAaGo1uk— NWS Jackson MS (@NWSJacksonMS) November 1, 2018
2:15 a.m. CDT Thursday:
A tornado warning remains in effect until 3:00 a.m. CDT for northeastern Concordia Parish in Louisiana and western Jefferson and Adams counties in Mississippi.
A confirmed tornado was located near Sibley, Mississippi, moving northeast at 50 mph. The National Weather Service expects the tornado to be near Cranfield and Stanton, Mississippi, around 2:25 a.m. CDT.
Conditions are deteriorating in Natchez quickly... do not go outside to try to see rotation.— Rachel Coulter (@Coulter_wx) November 1, 2018
It is dark and the rain is heavy, you won’t be able to see it!
Stay indoors and away from windows! #mswx pic.twitter.com/Ygm4BMdfSL
1:40 a.m. CDT Thursday:
A radar confirmed tornado is located over Acme, Louisiana, and moving east at 40 mph.
The tornado-producing storm will cross the Mississippi River and enter southwest Mississippi within the next 30 minutes.
CONFIRMED TORNADO: NEAR ACME, NEW ERA, MONTEREY. HEAD TO YOUR SAFE PLACE NOW!— NWS Jackson MS (@NWSJacksonMS) November 1, 2018
ALONG HIGHWAY S129
HEADS UP NATCHEZ and FERRIDAY/RIDGECREST
*** THIS IS IN SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI and FAR EAST LOUISIANA BY MS RIVER*** pic.twitter.com/7J3WFf9COc
1:19 a.m. CDT Thursday:
A possible tornado has downed trees and power lines in La Salle County, Louisiana, according to local law enforcement.
A resident is reportedly trapped after a tree fell on their home near the town of Midway.
8:04 p.m. CDT Wednesday:
There is a possible tornado from a tornado warned storm heading southwest of Kirbyville, Texas. If you are in Kirbyville, take cover now!
7:03 p.m. CDT Wednesday:
Parts of Houston, are experiencing heavy flooding this evening due to the severe weather. Motorists across Texas and Louisiana should travel with extra caution this evening as heavy downpours and gusty winds will cause flooding and hinder visibility.
What is it with Houston flooding on Holidays???!!! pic.twitter.com/9x28nAWMpC— Elizabeth Del Bosque (@manypacatex) October 31, 2018
5:40 p.m. CDT Wednesday:
There is a possible tornado west of Buna, Texas, take cover now.
4:40 p.m. CDT Wednesday:
Severe thunderstorms are becoming more widespread across the south-central U.S. with storms bringing heavy downpours, frequent lightning, gusty winds and the threat of tornadoes from eastern Texas through Arkansas. The threat of severe storms will shift eastward throughout the overnight hours.
3:44 p.m. CDT Wednesday:
There is a confirmed tornado just south of Sealy, Texas, and is tracking toward the northeast. This tornado could pass over Interstate 10, disrupting traffic along the highway.
Tornado Warning including Sealy TX, San Felipe TX, Brazos Country TX until 4:00 PM CDT pic.twitter.com/Jml27mZgeJ— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) October 31, 2018
3:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday:
This severe storm is dropping large hail in El Paso, Texas. Large hail could be seen in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and far-southeastern Oklahoma this evening.
3 p.m. CDT Wednesday:
A tornado watch has been issued for eastern Texas, northwestern Louisiana, southwestern Arkansas and far-southeastern Oklahoma. This means that tornadoes may occur in this area in the coming hours. Large hail and winds over 65 mph will also be possible as storms move through.
The tornado watch includes Houston and College Station, Texas, and Shreveport, Louisiana.
AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer will be tracking the storms live from Texas and Louisiana through Wednesday night.
I’ll be chasing the strong #tornado threat all night tonight through early tomorrow morning from southeast TX through LA into southwest MS. Stay tuned to @accuweather all night this #Halloween for my field updates— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) October 31, 2018
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