What we call a "squall line", a solid line of heavy rain and thunderstorms, will march across the Gulf of Mexico today and eventually arrive in South Florida tonight.
National Weather Service forecasters said they believe multiple tornadoes hit southwest and central MS on Thursday, although they won't be sure until the damage is surveyed. This is the second day of a three-day storm system that is moving east ahead of Easter weekend.
- The FOX 5 Storm Team continues to track a storm system which has turned severe and caused damage across the Deep South. That storm left two people with minor injuries, destroyed a mobile home and caused major damage to another home along Windy Ridge Road in Sydnorsville.
The threat Friday shifted to Georgia, where multiple tornado warnings covered parts of northeast Georgia.
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"I saw the house and I started freaking out", Qualls said, as residents and emergency workers sawed up other trees off streets in the 100-resident town. We have a lot of flooding. Spokeswoman Cathy Hayden said employees at Hinds Community College in Raymond hid in an underground bookstore storage room.
Friday night, severe thunderstorms battered the Mid-Atlantic coast region, with powerful winds threatening cities in North Carolina to southeastern Pennsylvania with tornadoes and damage. Homes and small structures were damaged, but no injuries were immediately reported. That makes 38 tornado reports and almost 500 wind reports from the Texas panhandle to the East Coast over a three-day period.
The threat comes days after dozens of tornadoes from East Texas to Georgia left at least nine dead.
The national Storm Prediction Center said 9.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were at a moderate risk of severe weather. That outbreak damaged more than 250 homes, businesses and public buildings across Mississippi.