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The greatest risk for violent storms on Saturday and Saturday night will extend from western and central Tennessee to Mississippi, Alabama, southeastern Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle.
People spending time outdoors will not only need to stay up-to-date with the latest severe weather warnings, but also the potential for flash flooding on area roadways and along streams and creeks.
While damaging winds and heavy, flooding rainfall are expected to be the primary threats, isolated incidents of large hail and tornadoes cannot be ruled out.
Large portions of interstates 10, 20, 55 and 65 lie in Saturday’s threat zone, so motorists should take caution and reduce speeds in blinding downpours and gusty winds.
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3:00 p.m. CDT Saturday:
The line of severe thunderstorms are heading east, making their way past Miss. into Ala. after causing destruction in Meridian, Miss. this afternoon.
1:30 p.m. CDT Saturday:
Two schools in Meridian, Miss. received damage due to the severe storms.
Damage was reported in one of the school's auditorium and office area. A middle school received damage to the front entrance and awning. Maintenance staff is currently on site assessing the damage.
Wildcat Family,— Meridian Schools (@MPSD_Wildcats) April 14, 2018
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12:30 p.m. CDT Saturday:
There are reports of downed trees, damaged roofs and a damaged apartment building in Meridian, Miss. due to the severe storms.
According to abc 11 WTOK, fallen trees have blocked parts of Highway 45 near Marion. The roof has been blown off of the George Reese Court apartments in Meridian, as well as damaged houses due to fallen trees.
Magnolia Middle School's auditorium was damaged, and some classrooms may have also been damaged. A house also caught fire on Maple Street in Meridian.
The city of Meridian released this statement:
"There has been significant damage to a large part of the city. At this time, emergency personnel are out accessing damage and more officials have been called in."
10:50 a.m. CDT Saturday:
A line of severe thunderstorms is moving rapidly through Meridian, Mississippi. There is also the potential for isolated incidents of large hail and some brief tornadoes to spin up at times as this line moves eastward.
NEW: persistent gustnado / quick spin-up #tornado with notch in squall line in Meridian, MS at 10:45 am! Circulation above along leading edge @NWSJacksonMS @breakingweather #mswx pic.twitter.com/aoPc8n8fAj— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) April 14, 2018
10:00 a.m. CDT Saturday:
Over 120,000 customers are without power throughout Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.
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While many across the Midwest have enjoyed a string of warm and dry days, heavy rain inundating the central Plains will soon overspread the region.
Water rescue crews from Lehigh and Northampton counties rescued over 100 missing rafters on Lehigh River in Carbon County, Pennsylvania, Monday evening.
Twenty-four people were injured after a 5.0 magnitude earthquake shook Tonghai County in the city of Yuxi, southwest China's Yunnan Province Monday morning, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.
Según un estudio, en aproximadamente 15 años pudiesen comenzar a sentirse los efectos del aumento del nivel del mar por el cambio climático.
Monsoon rain triggered deadly flooding across parts of India in recent days and additional flooding is expected this week.
A couple of very tough months are ahead for the wildfire season and firefighting efforts in the western United States, especially California.
The slow-moving tropical storm will bring a high risk for flooding and mudslides to parts of China and Vietnam this week.
While staying hydrated in warm weather is crucial to avoid succumbing to a heat illness, there are occasions when people can actually drink too much water, causing them to become ill.