Forecasters: Storm could create strong tornadoes in South


"Expect widespread wind gusts exceeding 60 miles per hour with isolated tornadoes possible", the NWS said on Twitter.

In its hazardous weather outlook, the National Weather Service in Peachtree City warns of an enhanced risk for severe thunderstorms - including tornadoes - and a chance for damaging wind gusts and large hail.

At midday, the weather service in Birmingham said radar showed strong storms moving into Alabama from Mississippi. The entire state is under a moderate risk with the possibility of EF2 tornadoes or stronger. Although storms will not be widespread, there is enough of a threat to warrant a watch issuance. "Consider any potential changes needed before the severe weather hits", the statement said.

The weather service reported multiple tornadoes and damaging winds over parts of Louisiana.

"Do not let the virus prevent you from seeking shelter in a tornado", it said in a statement. Severe weather may even reach parts of Oklahoma and Kansas.

Enjoy Saturday's cooler but sunny skies, as Easter Sunday could turn nasty in Charlotte.

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards urged residents to stay home.

The worst of the system is expected to move across the state beginning this evening and lingering through Monday afternoon.

WVLT Weather Team will be providing the latest updates.

About 22,000 customers lost power in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas around 11:45 a.m. ET, the Southwestern Electric Power Company said.

Basements are ideal. For those without a below-ground storm shelter, well-constructed homes and buildings will provide protection from most tornadoes, state officials said. Also, heavy rainfall with localized flash flooding may occur especially across southern and eastern Middle Tennessee. However, they're not intended to wake people up; they're meant to alert people who are outdoors that they need to go inside as quickly as possible.