Louisiana put on 'high alert' after storm kills two

Long story short: we'll need to monitor the potential for flooding storms as well as severe weather tomorrow, so if you can stay put for Sunday morning/afternoon plans, that would be ideal.

The forecast caused the Alcorn School District to close all schools on Thursday.

There are several storm shelters in Alcorn County which will be open throughout Thursday. Some models have the rain moving in early in the day and others have the rain coming after nightfall.

There is also a risk for severe thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening, according to a Hazardous Weather Outlook.

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The same storm system played havoc across the central US on Tuesday and Wednesday. This line of storms looks to move into the Piedmont by late afternoon into the early evening hours between 3pm and 7pm.

The storms claimed three lives, including a truck driver in Oklahoma and three storm chasers in Texas. This will likely begin as a line of individual storms developing along and east of the Mississippi River and intensifying as they move east.

Straight-line winds reported along with this storm system are the equivalent of those associated with a Category 2 hurricane, Edwards said. The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted southeast Texas and west Louisiana under a "Moderate Risk" (level 4 of 5) for seeing strong to severe storms Sunday. One in the morning with another more severe round expected in the afternoon. Winds will be out of the northeast at 5 to 15 miles per hour. The helicity values will favor rotation, thus, likely enhancing the tornado threat from Tyler, Texas to just south of Dallas to about Waco, Texas-and points south and east. There was also a funnel cloud hovering over Faulkner County northwest of Wooster that never touched down, he said. The southern and eastern parts of Texas and western Louisiana have the best chance of seeing a strong tornado or two with discrete thunderstorms.

  • Phil Peters