Real-time severe storm reports from April 17-18
April 19, 2019, 7:31:42 AM EDT
For the second time in a week, dangerous storms tracked across the southern and central United States.
At least eight tornadoes were reported in Texas and Oklahoma on Wednesday, April 18; however, there were far fewer damage reports than what occurred from the severe weather event on April 12-14.
Accumulating hail also caused issues and threatened travelers in some locations. According to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Service, there were over 80 hail reports from Texas to Minnesota. Some residents in Texas took creative measures to keep their cars safe from the potentially damaging hail.
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Additional reporting by AccuWeather staff writers Chaffin Mitchell, and Meteorologist Faith Eherts.
Scroll down for previous reports as the severe weather unfolded Wednesday into Thursday.
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10:10 p.m. CDT Thursday:
A second death has been attributed to these storms, this one in St. Clair County, Alabama, where a tree fell on a home.
Emergency managers continue to report widespread instances of downed trees in the wake of storms are they sweep through Alabama, leaving over 48,000 customers without power so far.
7:50 p.m. CDT Thursday:
The first fatality of this multi-day severe weather outbreak has been reported in Neshoba County, Mississippi, after a tree fell onto a vehicle, killing a person inside, according to the Neshoba Democrat.
Downed trees will disrupt travel across the region into Friday as crews frantically work to clear roads and highways of debris.
6:45 p.m. CDT Thursday:
Severe thunderstorms are approaching Birmingham and Mobile, Alabama, with damaging winds and flooding downpours. Wind gusts over 40 mph were clocked in Tuscaloosa as the severe storms swept through earlier this evening.
5:30 p.m. CDT Thursday:
The leading edge of the severe thunderstorms has advanced into Alabama and continue to march eastward into Thursday night. The primary threat is damaging winds, but isolated tornadoes are still possible.
People across the region heading out in the wake of the storms are encountering downed trees and property damage from strong winds and potential tornadoes. Folks that need to drive should allow for extra time to reach their destinations as some roads may be blocked by downed trees.
Two people were injured in Gretna, Louisiana, after a power pole fell onto a vehicle. The extent of the injuries is unknown at this time.
3:30 p.m. CDT Thursday
Authorities in Ridgeland, MS have reported a tree down over power lines.
Ridgeland has tree down over power line Old Agency Road @ Whippoorwill. Rice Rd @ Walnut near Natchez Trace Pkwy entrance.— RidgelandPoliceMS (@RidgelandPolice) April 18, 2019
In Clinton, MS, cars lie flipped on their side in a Walmart parking lot. The tornado warning for Clinton has come to an end, but the rain continues to fall. The city is under a flash flood warning until 5:15 p.m. CDT on Thursday.
3:20 p.m. CDT Thursday:
A radar confirmed tornado heading toward Polkville along I-20 from Morton to Forest to Lake.
Residents in Polkville, Pulaski, Hillsboro and Harperville are advised to take shelter now.
Radar Update: 3:20pm...Confirmed tornado heading toward Polkville and along I-20 From Morton to Forest to Lake. As well as Pulaski and Hillsboro and Harperville.— NWS Jackson MS (@NWSJacksonMS) April 18, 2019
Take shelter and safety precautions in and close to these areas NOW! pic.twitter.com/goryDgkI6F
2:50 p.m. CDT Thursday:
A radar confirmed tornado has been spotted. People in Simpson and Rankin Counties are advised to take shelter now.
This is a radar CONFIRMED tornado. Take shelter in Simpson and Rankin Counties now! https://t.co/jDw90vqtxy— NWS Jackson MS (@NWSJacksonMS) April 18, 2019
2:20 p.m. CDT Thursday:
Confirmed tornado was spotted along Dry Grove Road in Raymond, Mississippi, along Highway 18, according to the NWS office in Jackson, Mississippi.
A tornado warning, including over 262,000 people, continues in the area until 2:45 p.m. CDT. Officials urge residents to stay safe and to seek shelter.
A tornado warning continues nearby for several Mississippi towns, including Brookhaven, Bogue Chitto and Auburn, until 3:00 p.m. CDT.
ATTN: JACKSON METRO...CONFIRMED Tornado INCLUDES the JACKSON metro area.— NWS Jackson MS (@NWSJacksonMS) April 18, 2019
Take your tornado safety precautions NOW if you are in / near Terry, Bram, Jackson, Forest Hill, Raymond, Learned, Adams.
Two strong rotation areas are noted w/ circles & arrows. pic.twitter.com/cPuQ0r95jI
1:45 p.m. CDT Thursday:
Regions surrounding New Orleans, Louisiana, are experiencing turbulent weather. Various watches and warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) on Thursday. The NWS office in New Orleans warns that this storm system may bring damaging winds, small hail and potential tornadoes.
A flash flood warning was issued for multiple nearby cities, including New Roads, Saint Francisville and Livonia, until 4:15 p.m. CDT.
A severe thunderstorm warning was also issued for multiple Louisiana cities, including Jackson, Saint Francisville and Centreville, until 2:15 p.m. CDT.
A tornado warning was issued for nearby Mississippi cities, including Centreville, Liberty and Peoria, until 2:15 p.m. CDT. According to NWS New Orleans, this was the first tornado warning of the day in the region.
Tulane University, located in New Orleans, closed all campuses on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. CDT due to severe weather. University officials urge students to use an abundance of caution.
1:40pm: currently, the biggest impacts across the region are very heavy rainfall nw of Baton Rouge and severe thunderstorms west of McComb pic.twitter.com/VzOGR3o8z0— NWS New Orleans (@NWSNewOrleans) April 18, 2019
1:05 p.m. CDT Thursday:
Alabama residents and officials prepare ahead of severe weather.
In Hale County, emergency management officials are preparing for severe weather in Greensboro, Alabama. Officials have a new mobile hospital trailer with patient treatment beds, oxygen and four-wheel ATV’s. It is staffed with nurses and a doctor.
Hale Co EMA preparing for severe weather in Greensboro, Ala. Officials have a new mobile hospital trailer called the emergency services unit it has patient treatment beds, oxygen, four wheel ATV’S and it’s staffed with nurses and a doctor. It can be used as a mobile hospital pic.twitter.com/BIsI5MhtJ1— Tim Reid (@reidreporterguy) April 18, 2019
12:15 p.m. CDT Thursday:
Roads remain flooded across Arkansas. Officials urge motorists to be careful if they encounter flooded roadways.
In Lonoke Co. we're being told several streets are dealing with this type of flooding. Hwy 89 has a barricade near I-40 westbound's onramp because of flooding this morning, they're keeping it there in case flooding happens again this afternoon. #ARNews @KATVNews pic.twitter.com/RGVLMmceWA— Nick Popham (@KATVPopham) April 18, 2019
11:37 a.m. CDT Thursday:
Louisiana state troopers have responded to numerous weather-related crashes across the state due to inclement weather.
"Please help us ensure a safe day for everyone by avoiding unnecessary travel, staying weather aware, and keeping safety a priority," Louisiana State Police said in a tweet.
10:45 a.m. CDT Thursday:
Schools and businesses in Mississippi announce closures and early dismissals on Thursday due to the threat of severe weather, including strong winds and flooding.
The Starkville Oktibbeha School District, located in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, announced that it is dismissing early.
The Mississippi State University will also be closing and releasing classes at 12:30 p.m, local time, due to the severe weather threat.
Starkville Properties, located in Starkville, Mississippi, announced that their office will be closing early Thursday and will reopen back up on Monday, April 22, due to the severe weather.
10:34 a.m. CDT Thursday:
A tornado warning was issued for parts of Louisiana, including Bunkie, Pine Prairie and Turkey Creek, until 11:30 a.m. CDT
A tornado watch has been issued for parts of Louisiana and Mississippi until 7 p.m. CDT Thursday.
The region may be struck with a few tornadoes, isolated hail up to the size of ping pong balls and widespread gusts up to 75 mph.
A tornado watch has been issued for parts of Louisiana and Mississippi until 7 PM CDT pic.twitter.com/mhceYNjx6g— NWS Tornado (@NWStornado) April 18, 2019
8:45 a.m. CDT Thursday:
A tornado warning has been issued for parts of Louisiana, including Colfax, Montgomery and Marco, through 9 a.m. CDT. Residents in these areas are urged to take cover immediately.
7:05 a.m. CDT Thursday:
Flooding has started to affect parts of Arkansas, where some areas, including Little Rock, had been under flash flood warnings since early Thursday morning. A portion of Highway 100 in North Little Rock is currently closed in both directions due to high water, according to KATV ABC 7.
Sheriff's deputies in Pulaski County, where Little Rock is located, are urging drivers to take caution driving Thursday morning. Pulaski County warned drivers via Twitter that some roads are currently barricaded for their safety.
The below Roads have flooded or have standing water on them from the overnight rain. The roads may still be a problem on your morning drive. Use caution on all roads this morning. pic.twitter.com/cfanAQWgPY— PulaskiCoARSheriff (@PCSOARSheriff) April 18, 2019
The flooding has also prompted some school closures in Arkansas.
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Little Rock reported on Twitter that as of 7 a.m., local time, the North Little Rock Airport has picked up 2.91 inches of rain thus far, which breaks the daily rainfall record of 1.22 inches, set in 1977.
A current view of Edison and Hwy 35. Please avoid this area (and the others previously listed). Many schools have closed, and we recommend not being out and about if at all possible.#BNPD #FloodAlert #TurnAroundDontDrown pic.twitter.com/GiFfv5HSon— Benton Police Dept. (@BentonPoliceAR) April 18, 2019
6:40 a.m. CDT Thursday:
Several public and private school closures and early dismissals have been announced ahead of severe weather expected to impact Louisiana Thursday, including in Jefferson, St. Tammany and Washington Parishes.
List: School closures in Southeast Louisiana due to severe weather https://t.co/tppxCL2oTm— WWL-TV (@WWLTV) April 18, 2019
4:40 a.m. CDT Thursday:
Thunderstorms now stretch from near Chicago to St. Louis, Little Rock, Shreveport, Houston and Corpus Christi. Despite frequent lightning, gusty winds and heavy downpours, most storms are no longer severe.
The morning commute across these areas will likely be slowed as travelers contend with flooded roadways, downed trees and powerlines, and power outages.
In Texas alone, over 110,000 customers are currently without power. Several thousand more are impacted across Missouri and Arkansas.
As the system moves eastward today, more severe weather is expected to develop.
1:50 a.m. CDT Thursday:
A line of powerful storms is currently sweeping through southern Missouri. While the threat for tornadoes has diminished, damaging winds and the threat of hail are still prevalent.
Golf ball-sized hail and snapped branches were left in the wake of these storms as they passed through Joplin. In the nearby town of Jasper, there were many reports of toppled power lines and over 1,000 power outages.
Farther south, wind gusts associated with these storms downed large trees across the Waco, Texas, area as well. As these storms traversed central Texas and moved through major population centers such as San Antonio, College Station and Dallas overnight, nearly 48,000 customers have been left without electricity.
10:58 p.m. CDT Wednesday:
The line of severe storms continues to sweep through Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and into Missouri and Arkansas. Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, which is home to Oklahoma City, was walloped with quarter-sized hail around 10 p.m. local time.
Farther north in Pawnee County, thunderstorm wind gusts topped 60 mph.
1053p-Nickel size hail and 50 mph winds possible with strong storm near Blanchard in central OK moving E at 25 mph. #okwx— NWS Norman (@NWSNorman) April 18, 2019
These threats will be prevalent through the night as storms continue to plow eastward.
9:15 p.m. CDT Wednesday:
Hail and 50-mph wind gusts are possible near Piedmont, Oklahoma.
There is also a report that a tornado touched ground near Shattuck, Oklahoma.
914p-Small hail and wind gusts to 50 mph possible with strong storm near Piedmont in central OK. Storm is moving NE at 45 mph.— NWS Norman (@NWSNorman) April 18, 2019
8:00 p.m. CDT Wednesday:
Large hail has been spotted McLean, Texas, along with other areas across the south.
AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer reports an intense hail-producing supercell just east of Bowie, Texas.
7:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday:
A landspout tornado was sighted near Wellington, Kansas.
There are also many Severe Thunderstorm Warnings in effect across Kansas, Texas and Iowa.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Derby KS, Haysville KS, Goddard KS until 8:30 PM CDT pic.twitter.com/yiDLNd5KVu— NWS Severe Tstorm (@NWSSevereTstorm) April 18, 2019
6:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday:
There was a confirmed tornado near Higgins, Texas.
Storms continue to roll across Texas and parts of the southern U.S.
5:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday:
A funnel cloud was reported by the Amarillo Airport tower in Amarillo, Texas. Those in the tornado warning area should seek shelter now.
3:57 p.m. CDT Wednesday:
There is a report of a tornado near Glazier, Texas. The tornado tracked toward Coburn, Texas, where a tornado was also reported by a reliable spotter.
It is moving at 20 mph and has been described as a rope tornado.
3:05 p.m. CDT Wednesday:
There is accumulating hail accompanied by fog on Highway 273 south of McLean, Texas. Hail ranged mostly from as small as a pea to as large as a quarter.
Accumulating hail on highway 273 south of McLean on the Gray/Donley County line as of 3 PM. Hail ranged mostly from pea to pennies with a few nickels and quarters in there as well. Some nice #hail fog too! #phwx #TXwx @NWSAmarillo pic.twitter.com/xAzoJ5U4RB— Luigi Meccariello (@LFMWx) April 17, 2019
2:43 p.m. CDT Wednesday:
Southwest Airlines will suspend operations at Dallas Love Field Airport between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. local time due to the severe weather forecast, canceling about 100 flights in and out, NBC DFW reports.
Severe weather will move into the Dallas-Fort Worth region late Wednesday afternoon into early night.
Dallas-Fort Worth residents are urged to prepare for the incoming threat of hail and severe weather.
Residents in DFW preparing for severe storms. pic.twitter.com/qwIWk0VSoe— David Kimball (@wxandnews) April 17, 2019
1:45 p.m. CDT Wednesday:
Isolated showers and thunderstorms have reached west El Paso, Texas, according to NWS El Paso.
The storms will move eastward through the town over the next hour, bringing brief rainfall and the potential for pea-sized hail and gusty winds.
Light showers have also been reported in the Austin-San Antonio region in Texas.
A few showers have also developed across southeastern Oklahoma this afternoon, according to NWS Tulsa. These showers are well ahead of the severe thunderstorms that are expected to develop late afternoon and into the evening.
1:38 PM CDT Light showers continue east of the I-35 corridor this afternoon. Rainfall amounts are under 1/10 of an inch according to radar estimates and the @LCRA gauge network. #txwx pic.twitter.com/RiDagQyRfs— NWS Austin/San Antonio (@NWSSanAntonio) April 17, 2019
1:32 p.m. CDT Wednesday:
Severe thunderstorm watches and warnings are starting to be issued as the threat of the incoming storm grows.
A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the central and eastern portions of the panhandles in Texas, according to NWS Amarillo.
Another severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for parts of Oklahoma and Texas until 8 p.m. CDT.
4/17 1:38 PM CDT: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch (blue highlighted counties) is now in effect until 8 PM CDT. Main threats include scattered large hail to 3 inches in diameter likely, scattered damaging winds to 75 mph possible, and a tornado or two possible. #okwx #txwx pic.twitter.com/yf3pCSk1iM— NWS SPC (@NWSSPC) April 17, 2019
1:19 p.m. CDT Wednesday:
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence landed in Dallas, Texas, ahead of severe weather. While Pence is not in the region for weather-related issues, his trip may be interrupted by weather.
Dallas airports report disruptions due to the incoming extreme weather.
Over 200 flights have been canceled and 80 have been delayed at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, while over 100 flights have been canceled and 17 have been delayed at Dallas Love Field, according to FlightAware.com.
1:10 p.m. CDT Wednesday:
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for several northern Texas towns until 2:30 p.m. CDT, including Howardwick, Ashtola and Goodnight.
There is a potential for wind gusts up to 60 mph and half-dollar-sized hail, according to the NWS office in Amarillo, Texas.
11:30 a.m. CDT Wednesday:
Emergency management officials in Illinois are urging residents to be prepared for strong to severe storms on Wednesday.
“The first line of defense against any emergency or hazard is personal preparedness,” said Acting IEMA Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau. “Take this time now to prepare your family for severe weather. Personal preparedness lessens the impact on families, workplaces and our communities.”
11:19 a.m. CDT Wednesday:
A few schools and universities around Dallas, Texas, announced closures due to the incoming severe weather.
Some schools announced that all after-school activities are canceled on Wednesday, including Garland ISD and Church at the Crossing, NBC5 Dallas-Fort Worth reports.
Collin College, a community college located north and northeast of Dallas, announced that it will close and classes after 1 p.m., local time, will be canceled on Wednesday due to the severe weather threat.
10:51 a.m. CDT Wednesday:
Various car dealerships in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are preparing for the potential hail and severe weather.
The different dealerships have unique strategies for combating the extreme weather impacts.
Different DFW car dealerships are getting ready for potential hail and bad storms later today...all in different ways. Here in Plano, Park Place Lexus is packing as many vehicles as possible inside the show room, with cardboard on ground to protect floor. @WBAP247NEWS @570KLIF pic.twitter.com/J7yILT0AuQ— Scott Sidway (@ScottyWK) April 17, 2019
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