Shaun Tanner has been a meteorologist at Weather Underground since 2004.
By: Shaun Tanner , 8:54 PM GMT on April 26, 2014
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This is the live blog we will continually update through the duration of any severe weather in the country through the weekend. Our goal is to bring you the most current information information available.
Newest updates are listed first and all updates are timestamped.
4:02 PM ET: Radar in Mobile, Alabama has taken a direct hit from a lightning strike and will be down indefinitely.
10:20 PM ET: Large swath of the country under a severe risk today.
2:23 AM ET: Bessemer P.D. are asking people to stay out of area near UAB West
1:40 AM ET: 1:39 AM ET: Very large tornado with debris just east of Sardis City, AL.
1:23 AM ET: @wsfa12news: According to WBRC, a fatality has been confirmed in Tuscaloosa by authorities.
12:53 AM ET: Fire dept in Oneonta, #AL reporting structural damage and possible injuries.
12:48 AM ET: Two #Tornado Warnings remain in Alabama
12:43 AM ET: #Tornado heading toward Birmingham area seems to have weakened. Warning being allowed to expire. Stay safe!
12:15 AM ET: This is worst case scenario for Birmingham, AL. Strong #tornado heading for city. Tornado emergency issued for town.
11:44 PM ET: Metro Birmingham, AL is under a Tornado Warning due to a confirmed tornado.
11:10 PM ET: 11:09 PM ET: Very clear rotation just south of Tuscaloosa, AL
9:26 PM ET: Tornado on the ground just north of the AL/TN border. Very dangerous.
8:54 PM ET: Very tight couplet noticed just north of Carbon Hill, AL.
8:31 PM ET: @NWSMemphis: Preliminary damage survey of Tupelo tornado is possible EF-2, more assessment needed. #mswx http://t.co/WkOW4rFFKw
8:25 PM ET: Severe threat doesn’t end when the sun sets. In fact, it becomes even more dangerous. Stay tuned.
7:58 PM ET: Report of 3 fatalities in Limestone County, AL
7:48 PM ET: Confirmed #tornado heading right for NWS radar site at Brandon, #MS.
7:38 PM ET: Confirmed tornado heading right for Richland, MS, south of Jackson.
7:31 PM ET: Very dangerous looking rotation very close to Jackson, MS. Very dangerous situation!
7:27 PM ET: Dangerous hook echo just south of Caledonia, MS.
7:17 PM ET: #Severe thunderstorms have moved into GA. Tornado Warning for storm near Corinth, GA.
7:11 PM ET: Confirmed #tornado southwest of Jackson, MS.
6:58 PM ET: Confirmed #tornado just west of #Jackson, #MS. Metro area now under a Tornado Warning
6:54 PM ET: Multiple reports of a #tornado on the ground near Pocahontas, AL.
6:41 PM ET: Another extremely large and dangerous tornado just northwest of Jackson, MS. Take cover!
6:29 PM ET: Tornado emergency for Marion County, Alabama for tornado
6:16 PM ET: Possible #tornado just west of Jackson, MS.
5:54 PM ET: Confirmed tornado just west of Huntsville, next Coxey, AL. Looks very dangerous.
5:32 PM ET: Very dangerous situation for Louisville, #MS. Reports of debris being lofted into the sky. Storm is just south of city.
5:25 PM ET: MSU storm spotters report Winston County tornado may now be 3/4 mile wide. #mswx
5:21 PM ET: NWS reporting a likely violent #tornado in Winston County #MS. Very dangerous situation.
4:59 PM ET: Very large, wedge tornado confirmed near Zama, MS.
4:54 PM ET: Radar signature on thunderstorms northeast of Philadelphia, MS is looking very dangerous.
4:14 PM ET: Very worried about these three separate #tornado warned thunderstorms in MS.
3:56 PM ET: Radar has a very well-defined debris signature.
3:46 PM ET: #Tornado Emergency has been issued for Tupelo, #MS.
3:39 PM ET: Very strong rotation moving into Tupelo, MS.
3:36 PM ET: 5 distinct #Tornado warnings in #MS right now. Stay aware and take cover if you are in a warning!
3:26 PM ET: SPC has upgraded the severe risk to HIGH for central MS and northwest AL. Very dangerous situation.
3:23 PM ET: Confirmed #tornado near Yazoo City. Here is the rotation:
2:58 PM ET: Rotation tightening on thunderstorm near Yazoo City, MS. Take cover in the area.
2:23 PM ET: Tornado Watches also posted from St. Louis, MO thru west of Des Moines, IA.
2:20 PM ET: Gov. Bryant has declared a State of Emergency ahead of severe weather.
2:12 PM ET: Worried about #thunderstorm SW of Grenada, MS. Tornado could form at any time.
1:52 PM ET: The new #Tornado Watches are listed as Particularly Dangerous Situation (PDS).
1:42 PM ET: New #Tornado Watches posted from eastern LA thru southern TN.
11:10 AM ET: From the SPC discussion for today: Numerous tornadoes are expected…possible upgrade to high risk later today.
11:08 AM ET: According to the Arkansas Dept of Emergency Management, the death toll in AR has been revised from 16 to 14.
10:19 AM ET: At least 17 killed in tornado outbreak in Arkansas/Oklahoma.
8:43 AM ET: Tornado Watches remain from east TX thru western KY and AR. Stay aware!
12:11 AM ET: Arkansas Dept of Emergency Management now confirming 8 dead due to #tornadoes.
11:47 PM ET: Drone video of devastating damage to Mayflower, AR. Amazing shots.
11:45 PM ET: Severe threat remains Monday as moderate risk shifts to the east of the Mississippi Valley.
9:53 PM ET: Tornado emergency for Denmark, Bailey, and Newport AR. Take cover now!
9:19 PM ET: Gathering more information. Bad damage from #tornado in Mayflower, El Paso, Vilonia.
9:00 PM ET: Tornado on the ground just north of Vilonia, AR. Current Tornado Warnings.
8:47 PM ET: Vilonia, AR is next up for strong tornado. Take cover now!
8:25 PM ET: Large, confirmed tornado crossing over the Arkansas River into Mayflower, AR.
8:15 PM ET: A tornado emergency has been issued for #tornado west of Little Rock, AR.
8:06 PM ET: Severe thunderstorm west of Little Rock, AR seems to be strengthening.
7:49 PM ET: AP is reporting 2 dead from an earlier tornado in Quapaw, OK.
7:44 PM ET: Severe thunderstorms making their way into KansasCity once again.
7:16 PM ET: Southeast side of Kansas City could be set for another round of severe weather in next 60-90 minutes.
6:15 PM ET: Tornado sirens are sounding in Russelville, AR.
6:12 PM ET: 5:08 PM CT: Expect a major increase in #severe thunderstorm activity over next few hours for AR, MO
5:48 PM ET: The confirmed tornado was near Mount Vernon, IA.
5:32 PM ET: Thunderstorms starting to fire up in eastern OK. These will continue to move to the northeast and into Arkansas.
4:48 PM ET: Dangerous wx likely for many areas, biggest concern for violent tornadoes central and southern AR
4:15 PM ET: Little, Rock, AR is included in the high risk area.
4:11 PM ET: Just in: SPC has upgraded risk threat to HIGH for parts of southern AR. Moderate risk remains.
4:04 PM ET: Few Tornado Warnings so far, ingredients expected to come together and make for a dangerous evening.
3:06 PM ET: Tornado Watches now stretches from central IA thru northern LA.
2:20 PM ET: 54 mph wind gust reported at Whiteman AFB in MO due to thunderstorms.
2:06 PM ET: Impressive line of thunderstorms, with a Tornado Warning, moving east of Kansas City.
2:01 PM ET: Tornado Warning for Carroll, Lafayette and Ray Counties in MO until 1:15 PM CDT wxug.us/a88p
12:40 PM ET: 10-12 degree temp gradient on thunderstorm line moving thru Kansas City.
12:28 PM ET: Tornado Watches now posted from central IA thru western MO.
1:06 AM ET: Heading into Sunday, remember a moderate risk of #severe weather for #AR and adjacent areas.
8:50 PM ET: Sun down in Plains, severe thunderstorms in TX become harder to see and dangerous.
8:30 PM ET: Dew point gradient in north Texas right now. Panhandle dew points single digits.
8:20 PM ET: With #thunderstorms just now developing, it may be a long and potentially dangerous night for many in the Plains. WunderMap Radar
7:52 PM ET: Thunderstorms beginning to develop in central Texas. These could turn severe quickly.
4:47 PM ET: Here are some useful links to monitor as severe weather ramps up over the next few days:
Severe Weather Map will show you where there are watches and warnings posted. Tornado Watches will appear as red outlined boxes, while Tornado Warnings will be red filled in polygons.
National Radar Map shows you where any thunderstorms are currently, and how they look on radar. The strong thunderstorms will appear as red areas within a radar image. This often indicates the thunderstorms is producing heavy rain and large hail.
4:42 PM ET: The Storm Prediction Center has continued a slight risk of severe weather Saturday from north-central Texas through southeast South Dakota. As per the SPC discussion, the main threat of this initial severe weather push will be large hail and damaging wind gusts. The threat of tornadoes will also be real.
Figure 1. Storm Prediction Center severe weather risk for Saturday.
Since Friday, the Storm Prediction Center has increase the coverage of a moderate risk of severe weather for Sunday. The moderate risk now includes northern Louisiana through southwest Missouri. A slight risk of severe weather surrounds the moderate risk, from Iowa through central Louisiana.
Figure 2. Storm Prediction Center severe weather sisk for Sunday.
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