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Tornado watch issued for parts of Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri


Typically in April, severe storms returned to parts of the south late Friday as a new weather system sweeps west into the central and southern United States.

It’s not expected to be a repeat of any of the four severe weather outbreaks in the past four weeks, but parts of the storm-weary south could face at least a few severe thunderstorms in the days ahead.

Isolated strong to severe storms developed over parts of Missouri and Arkansas. The storm triggered a Tornado Watch broadcast for parts of Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee until 12 a.m. CDT.

Large hail and gusty winds are the main threats where thunderstorms develop, but a few storms can produce a tornado.

On Saturday, thunderstorms could be underway in the morning from parts of eastern Oklahoma to the southeast. This activity could constitute an isolated threat for certain hailstorms.

The storms could then strengthen Saturday afternoon while spreading eastward through the lower Mississippi Valley and parts of the central Gulf Coast, with large hail and damaging wind gusts the main concerns.

Viola, Arkansas experienced a hailstorm.
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A road is lightly covered in hail in Viola, Arkansas.
A road is lightly covered in hail in Viola, Arkansas.
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Additional thunderstorms could develop late Saturday afternoon along the dry line in northern and central Texas. These storms will also be capable of producing isolated large hail and damaging wind gusts.

There is another threat of a few severe storms Sunday in parts of the southern plains, lower Mississippi Valley and southeast, especially south of a cold front and east of a dry line. which will extend through these regions.

However, the exact areas at risk for severe weather on Sunday are uncertain at this time.

Depending on how this storm system evolves, at least an isolated threat of severe thunderstorms could persist over parts of the Southeast on Monday.

New York Post

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