Strong storms lashed the South early Saturday, spawning at least one tornado and unleashing strong winds and hail. And forecasters more severe weather was expected to hit the parts of the region in the coming hours.
Details: Thousands of customers lost power during the storms in Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana, according to tracking site poweroutage.us. An F3 tornado that hit St Landry Parish, Louisiana, killed one person and wounded seven others.
Wow! Look at the size of this #hail! This is from #OrangeBeach #Alabama. Some of the hail sizes reported are up to 4" which is only the second time documented in the area since 1950. h/t @NWSMobile #NBC pic.twitter.com/WPHU3iITf9— Danielle Dozier WPXI (@DanielleDozier) April 10, 2021
- The National Weather Service said 15 homes were damaged or destroyed, along with several other buildings, as the tornado downed power lines and trees.
In Mississippi, a suspected tornado torn down power lines and trees in Rankin County, per AP.
In Orange Beach, Alabama, hail the size of baseballs damaged vehicles, Al.com reports.
In Panama City Beach, Florida, authorities said "high winds took the roof off" a convenience store and damaged a house on Wells.
- A water spout was spotted over the Gulf in the morning, the City of Panama City Beach said. A Twitter user shared footage of the suspected tornado:
What to expect: Severe thunderstorms were possible Saturday evening from western North Carolina into southeast West Virginia, the NWS said.
- "Strong storms may also develop later tonight across portions of northern Florida," the agency added.