Severe weather update: Tornadoes dropping from sky as strong storms move across

Published 2:11 pm Sunday, April 12, 2020

A strong storm front moving across the South today at one point had three tornadoes on the ground simultaneously in Louisiana Sunday afternoon and another tornado was confirmed on the ground near Yazoo City in Mississippi.

The National Weather Service’s Jackson office confirmed a tornado on the ground near Yazoo City early Sunday afternoon. No immediate reports of injuries or damage have been made.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage as the National Weather Service reported tornadoes over the northwest and north central parts of Louisiana as well. But news outlets reported downed trees and utility companies reported thousands of power outages.

The weather service said the greatest risk for strong Easter Sunday storms ran from northeast Louisiana and southeast Arkansas, across wide swaths of Mississippi and Alabama and into western Georgia.

“This could be a very difficult day weatherwise,” Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves told residents in a live Facebook presentation. “Please be weather aware. Pay attention. I know that these storms that are coming through can be dangerous. We can see significant winds. We can also see significant tornadoes coming through Mississippi today.”

At midday, the weather service in Birmingham said radar showed strong storms moving into Alabama from Mississippi.

The weather service said a broader area, from east Texas to the East Coast was under at least a “marginal” risk of storms.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.