Supercell storms rip through southern states leaving millions at risk for dangerous tornadoes

Several southern states were battered overnight Tuesday through Wednesday morning by major storms that spawned dangerous tornadoes.

Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana counties were under tornado watch Wednesday as a severe supercell storm system moved across the United States.

The National Weather Service confirmed that multiple tornadoes touched down in Mississippi through Tuesday evening, leaving a path of destruction in their wake.

No injuries were reported as severe thunderstorms stretched from eastern Texas to Georgia and as far north as Indiana.

SEVERE WEATHER WILL IMPACT MISSISSIPPI AND TENNESSEE VALLEYS

People were also affected by heavy rain and large hail as several tornadoes touched down in the south.

Just before 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, the Birmingham, Alabama-based National Weather Service tweeted an urgent warning to residents confirming that a tornado had touched down just southwest of Tallassee. The tweet warned residents to “take shelter immediately!”

Lightning lights up the evening sky in Jackson, Mississippi, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. Locals enjoyed a light show as extreme weather along with a few potential tornadoes affected parts of Louisiana and the Mississippi.

Lightning lights up the evening sky in Jackson, Mississippi, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. Locals enjoyed a light show as extreme weather along with a few potential tornadoes affected parts of Louisiana and the Mississippi.

Dark clouds in Mound, Louisiana before a tornado.

Dark clouds in Mound, Louisiana before a tornado.
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People were reportedly trapped in a grocery store in Caledonia, Mississippi, just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, but they eventually got away safely. A family trapped in a house about a mile from the store also escaped.

A vehicle races along a street in Jackson, Mississippi as lightning bolts cross the sky.

A vehicle races along a street in Jackson, Mississippi as lightning bolts cross the sky.

In western Alabama, a tornado damaged many homes and left thousands of customers without power early Wednesday morning.

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A tornado forms in Mound, Louisiana on Tuesday evening.

A tornado forms in Mound, Louisiana on Tuesday evening.
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A little after 7 p.m. central time, the National Weather Service advised residents of Caldwell Parish, Louisiana, to take shelter due to “a destructive tornado likely on the ground now.”

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Additionally, flood watches have been issued for parts of southeastern Mississippi and southwestern Alabama. The National Weather Service said three to five inches of rain in those areas could lead to flash flooding.

And in parts of the Upper Midwest, heavy snowfall was slowing traffic.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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