States in and around the Mississippi River Valley were lit up with severe thunderstorm and tornado watches/warnings yesterday as violent storms moved across the area. The majority of the severe weather was found in the area from NE Texas to NE Arkansas. There were five tornado reports in the SPC database from yesterday, although it’s possible the same tornado was reported multiple times in Arkansas. Four of these reports were in Arkansas and they indicated there were four injuries associated with two of the tornado reports.
According to this article from the AP, authorities noted that three of the four injuries were major. Now, one person has died, although it’s unclear if this person was among the original four injuries. This report from KAIT in Jonesboro, AR indicates the deceased was separate from the four injured. The report also states that “dozens of homes were damaged” across the state. Over 1,500 homes were left without power as a result of the storms.
In addition to tornadoes, there were over 9o hail reports from yesterday’s storms, the majority associated with the storms in NE Texas, NW Louisiana and Arkansas. Severe weather was also reported in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. There was one report of a tornado in SE Louisiana along the Gulf Coast. Considering there were no other severe weather reports within 100 miles of this location, color me skeptical.