Photos: Severe storms, tornadoes rip through south-central US for 2nd weekend in a row

By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
By Ashley Williams, AccuWeather staff writer
March 10, 2019, 12:57:34 PM EDT


For the second weekend in a row, severe thunderstorms hammered the south-central United States with damaging winds and tornadoes.

Alabama received more severe storm damage one week after the deadliest tornado outbreak in six years.

Tornadoes spawned from Texas through Tennessee Saturday. While most of the tornadoes were not considered "terribly strong," they still produced considerable damage, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio.

"Interestingly, a few of these tornadoes formed rather early in the day," Rossio said. "One of the tornadoes formed in Mesquite, Texas, at 7:30 in the morning, local time. Strong storms such as these more commonly develop with peak daytime heating."

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Storm damage in Tishomingo County, Mississippi as seen on March 10, 2019.

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Storm damage in Tishomongo County, Mississippi, as seen on Sunday, March 10, 2019.

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Storm clouds loomed over Starkville, Mississippi, on the evening of March 9, 2019.

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Storm damage in Scott, Arkansas, on Saturday, March 9.

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Large hail spotted in Olive Branch, Mississippi, on Saturday, March 9.

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Storm damage in Scott, Arkansas, on Saturday, March 9.

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Storm damage in Scott, Arkansas, on Saturday, March 9.

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Storm damage in Scott, Arkansas, on Saturday, March 9.

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Storm damage in Scott, Arkansas, on Saturday, March 9.

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Storm damage in Scott, Arkansas, on Saturday, March 9.

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Storm damage in Scott, Arkansas, on Saturday, March 9.

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Storm damage in Scott, Arkansas, on Saturday, March 9.

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Storm damage in Scott, Arkansas, on Saturday, March 9.

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Large hail spotted in Olive Branch, Mississippi, on Saturday, March 9.

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Large hail spotted in Olive Branch, Mississippi, on Saturday, March 9.


The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed that an EF1 tornado touched down near Estes, Arkansas, in the far southeastern area of Pulaski County and into Lonoke County. The tornado was on the ground for about 6.4 miles and was 150 yards wide, according to preliminary results.

The twister injured two people.

At least 11 tornadoes were reported on Saturday, according to the NWS' Storm Prediction Center.

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