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AN OUTBREAK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AND TORNADOES IS FORECAST TODAY INTO TONIGHT FROM THE OHIO VALLEY INTO THE TENNESSEE AND LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEYS.
THE GREATEST RISK FOR A FEW INTENSE...LONG-TRACKED TORNADOES WILL EXIST OVER WESTERN TENNESSEE INTO NORTHERN MISSISSIPPI AND EASTERN ARKANSAS THIS AFTERNOON INTO TONIGHT.
Severe thunderstorms have already caused structural damage and destroyed homes this morning in Arkansas, and the threat will only increase and become more widespread in parts of the South and Ohio Valley through this afternoon as a likely tornado outbreak gets underway.
The Tornado Conditions Index, better known as TOR:CON, has been raised to as high as 8 out of 10 for parts of west Tennessee, northern Mississippi and northern Alabama on Wednesday, meaning there's a 80 percent chance of a tornado within 50 miles of any location in the indicated area. Tornadoes and damaging winds will also be possible in a much larger area from the Gulf Coast to the Ohio Valley. This includes TOR:CON values as high as 7 in eastern Arkansas, 6 in west Kentucky and south Mississippi, and 5 in southeast Missouri and northeast Louisiana.
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 559
* TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
FAR NORTHEAST LOUISIANA
NORTHERN AND WESTERN MISSISSIPPI
* EFFECTIVE THIS WEDNESDAY MORNING AND EVENING FROM 1155 AM UNTIL 800 PM CST.
...THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION...
* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
SEVERAL TORNADOES AND A FEW INTENSE TORNADOES LIKELY...
SCATTERED DAMAGING WINDS LIKELY WITH ISOLATED SIGNIFICANT GUSTS TO 75 MPH POSSIBLE...
ISOLATED LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 1.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE...
A "particularly dangerous situation" (PDS) tornado watch has been issued by NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC) for parts eastern Arkansas, northwest Mississippi, northeast Louisiana and western Tennessee until 8 p.m. CST.
This type of tornado watch is issued in rare situations when long-lived intense tornadoes are likely, according to the SPC.
. A Tornado Warning remains in effect until 345 PM CST for
southeastern Coahoma County...
at 309 PM CST... a confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado was
located near Clarksdale... moving northeast at 55 mph.
This is a particularly dangerous situation.
Hazard... damaging tornado.
Source... storm chasers confirmed tornado.
Impact... you are in a life threatening situation. Flying debris may
be deadly to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes
will be destroyed. Considerable damage to
homes... businesses and vehicles is likely and complete
destruction is possible.