Severe Weather Outbreak: Two Dead, Dozens of Storm Damage Reports in the South | The Weather Channel – Articles from The Weather Channel

  • Two deaths have been confirmed after a tornado hit Washington County, Florida.
  • More than 150,000 customers were without power Thursday morning.
  • A tornado hit the University of Montevallo, damaging at least one dormitory and injuring at least one person.

A multi-day severe weather outbreak killed at least two people, destroyed homes and damaged businesses and schools in the south on Wednesday and Thursday.

Here are our Thursday live updates.

(6:18 p.m. EDT) Power outages drop significantly

More … than 12,000 homes and businesses are without power in Virginia and about 10,000 in North Carolina after storms moved through those areas, according to PowerOutage.us.

Meanwhile, outages were declining in several other states, including:

-Mississippi, with approximately 10,000 remaining.

-Tennessee with 8,300.

-Alabama with 6,200.

-Florida with 5,700.

-Louisiana with 2,600.

(2:21 p.m. EDT) Outdoor activities canceled in Baltimore

Baltimore County Parks and Recreation announced that all outdoor recreation activities were canceled for today at all locations due to the threat of inclement weather.

(1:44 p.m. EDT) Two tornadoes, almost exactly the same track, a week apart

The National Weather Service in New Orleans said an EF0 tornado north of Lake Pontchartrain followed a very familiar path on Wednesday.

“By a most incredible coincidence, the path of this tornado from Lake Pontchartrain to (Highway) 190 is nearly identical to last week,” the NWS tweeted just minutes ago. “In fact, we found different damaged trees in the same garden!”

Neither tornado caused major structural damage.

(12:04 p.m. EDT) Damage investigations underway in multiple states

There have been more than 200 reports of severe weather since Tuesday evening from Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas across parts of the Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida Panhandle.

At least 18 tornadoes have been confirmed so far. But that number will increase as investigations continue by National Weather Service teams.

“Several weather service offices have their hands full with numerous investigations over the next few days,” weather.com senior meteorologist Jonathan Erdman said.

(10:44 a.m. EDT) “Total destruction” in part of Washington County, Florida

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kristy Kolmetz said there was heavy damage where two people were killed by a tornado early this morning.

“There is total destruction of some homes in this area,” Kolmetz told weather.com in a phone interview.

Power lines are down and debris is blocking roads.

“We have deputies there who look after the roads, because it’s not a very high traffic area there, but with the power lines and the trees down, the sheriff is asking people to ‘ refrain from this area until our fitters have time to put these lines back in place and clear this debris from the road,” Kolmetz said.

(10:24 a.m. EDT) Schools closed in several Florida counties

The courses were canceled today for schools in Calhoun, Liberty Franklin, Jackson, Gadsden and Wakulla counties, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. Washington County schools also closed.

Tallahassee Community College close some of its satellite facilities in counties outside of its main campus, including the TCC Gadsden Center, TCC Wakulla Center, and Wakulla Environmental Institute.

(9:45 a.m. EDT) 2 dead, 2 injured after tornado hits Florida Panhandle

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to weather.com that two people died and two others were injured Thursday morning when a tornado struck near the town of Alford in the Florida Panhandle. A post on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page shown next from the deadly tornado, which destroyed two homes. Alford is located approximately 70 miles west of Tallahassee.

(8:40 a.m. EDT) Top 150,000 power outages from Louisiana to Michigan

The storm system bringing extreme weather and high winds to much of the East has been responsible for knocking out power to more than 150,000 homes and businesses from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes, according to PowerOutage.us. The outages mostly followed the line of the storms as it pushed east, and crews were out in force to restore power Thursday morning.

(8 a.m. EDT) One injured after tornado hits University of Alabama

A tornado hit the University of Montevallo, about 40 miles south of Birmingham, Alabama, late Wednesday evening.

At least one person was slightly injured, the university said. Fortunately, there were fewer people on campus because it was spring break.

The extent of the damage on campus is unknown at this time, but at least one dormitory was damaged, according to WVTM13.

(7:40 a.m. EDT) Louisiana town hit by tornado last week strikes again

An EF1 tornado raked through Big Branch in Lacombe, Louisiana, nine days ago. Now those same areas are taking more damage from reported tornadoes.

Two suspected tornadoes, including one that was confirmed by radar, hit the area and knock down trees and power lines. There were no initial reports of structural damage.

Government authorities had the roads cleared overnight.

(6:50 a.m. EDT) Springdale, Arkansas, Tornado and EF3

The tornado that struck Springdale, Arkansas, on Wednesday morning and injured seven people has been rated EF3 with winds of 145 mph, the National Weather Service in Tulsa said.

Workers begin cleaning the gymnasium at George Elementary School Wednesday, March 30, 2022 in Springdale, Arkansas.  (Flip Putthoff/The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

Workers begin cleaning the gymnasium at George Elementary School Wednesday, March 30, 2022 in Springdale, Arkansas. (Flip Putthoff/The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

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