This is a live blog that will be updated about every hour, discussing any important updates about the severe weather outbreak happening across the lower and mid-Mississippi Valley, and surroundings, on Tuesday.
9:00 p.m. ET update
The tornado threat will continue into the early morning hours of Wednesday. Flooding, large hail, and damaging winds are also possible. Multiple tornadoes have been reported, and tornadoes that strike at night are particularly dangerous. Before you go to sleep, make sure your alerts are turned on and you have the volume on your phone turned up.
8:30 p.m. ET update
The Particularly Dangerous Situation (PDS) Tornado Watch now extends until 2 a.m. CST and includes portions of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Several tornadoes will be possible over the next few hours.
8:00 p.m. ET update
Two more confirmed tornadoes. A large tornado was observed in Caldwell, La. just after 6:00 p.m. CST. Damage is being reported in the southeast portion of the Parish. A confirmed tornado also touched down at 6:30p.m. CST in Choctaw County, Mississippi. A few structures along Highway 126 in Choctaw County are damaged.
7:00 p.m. ET update
Multiple tornadoes have been spotted, including a confirmed tornado near Bassfield, Miss at 5:10 p.m. CST. Several downed trees and power flashes were observed. Severe storms continue to stream from Louisiana into Mississippi and Alabama. Nocturnal tornadoes are especially dangerous. Seek shelter if there is a warning in your area.
6:30 p.m. ET update
A tornado has been spotted near Bassfield, Miss. Two years ago, on April 12, 2020, Bassfield was hit by a 2.25 mile-wide tornado that was rated as an EF-4 and was the third-largest in U.S. history. A Tornado Watch extends across west and southwest Alabama until 11 p.m. CST.
Tornado Watch for western Alabama until 11 p.m. CST
6 p.m. ET update
The Particularly Dangerous Situation (PDS) Tornado Watch over Louisiana and Central Mississippi will continue through 7 p.m. CST. Only 7% of tornado watches are PDS watches (1996-2005). The last and only other November PDS tornado watch was in 2013. Since the current PDS Tornado Watch was issued, there have been multiple warnings. Large hail was also observed south of Vaiden, Miss.
5 p.m. ET update
Severe storms are expected to continue into the nighttime hours. Earlier today, a possible tornado was spotted west of Jackson, Ala. There was also a confirmed tornado and large hail near Vaiden, Miss. Multiple storms capable of producing tornadoes continue to impact areas stretching from Louisiana into Mississippi and Alabama.
Sunset is nearing for many of these impacted areas, and the threat for nocturnal tornadoes is a concern. Tornadoes that occur at night are twice as deadly. Make sure your alerts are turned on in your Weather & Radar app and have a plan!
4 p.m. ET update
Across Central Mississippi, storm shelters are open. There are several strong to severe cells on the move. A strong storm is moving just north of Jackson over I-55 toward Starkville. Another tornado-warned storm is moving toward McComb, south of Jackson Mississippi.
The storms will continue to move east and more numerous storms will be affecting the region throughout the evening.
Mississippi State University switching to remote operations at 4 p.m. CST. due to severe threat - Starkville, MS.
3 p.m. ET update
A large swath extending from Louisiana through Mississippi is under a tornado watch, meaning that conditions are optimal for tornadoes to develop. In fact, within that tornado watch, there are several cells that have spun tornadoes.
2 p.m. ET update
Here are some stats. There is at least a 95 percent chance that there will be more than two tornadoes today across parts of the South, specifically across central Mississippi. and a 90 percent chance that there could be one or more strong tornadoes. As far as winds, there is a 70 percent chance that there will be at least 10 damaging winds reports.
1 p.m. ET update
There are some areas that have already experienced severe storms moving through, but the most intense action is getting started this afternoon. There could be several rounds over the same areas this afternoon and into the evening. It is best to know when the end times are for the areas at risk.
End time of severe weather.
12:40 p.m. ET update
As it becomes more apparent that supercells will be forming the Storm Prediction Center issues a Particular Dangerous Situation Tornado Watches are issued for parts of northeastern Louisiana and Central Mississippi. Long-track tornadoes are likely to affect this region Tuesday afternoon into the evening.
A PDS, particular dangerous situation tornado watch issued. Interstates 20 and I-55 should be avoided as storms will likely be crossing these.
Our latest WeatherRadar shows that northern Mississippi has already been affected by the first round of severe storms. This is not it. if you see the sun peaking through the clouds, this will only make the atmosphere more unstable. Expect prolific strong to severe storms to start shortly after noon across northeastern Louisiana and Central Mississippi.
10 a.m. ET update
Check your local school district and schools. There are more schools that will be dismissing students early and canceling afterschool activities due to severe weather this afternoon across the Deep South.
9 a.m. ET update
Parts of Central Mississippi, where the highest threat of having severe storms, could experience at least 70 mph winds, a few strong tornadoes, and hail of at least 2 inches in diameter. Our WeatherRadar shows all the clouds moving northward over Louisiana early morning. All this moisture is prepping the atmosphere and will continue to move toward the rest of the South today.
Storms will likely affect this area starting by noon through the evening. Night storms are three times more deadly than day storms. Make sure to have at least 3 ways of receiving weather alerts.
Our app can show severe storm and winter weather alerts based on the forecast for your local area. You will be able to view these alerts up to 36 hours in advance as the forecast weather draws near.
8 a.m. update
At least two school districts in central Mississippi have closed today due to the impending threat of severe weather. All Vicksburg Warren School District schools and offices will be closed. The Mississippi Achievement School District will be dismissed at noon. Afterschool activities are canceled.
7 a.m. update
The moderate risk for severe weather shifted a bit more south overnight. This is a level 4 out of 5, with high confidence that many storms will produce damaging winds, severe hail, and tornadoes. The tornadoes could be long-tracked.
Central Mississippi is at this threat level, some of the cities that could be affected are Jackson, Meridian, Vicksburg, Clinton, and Pearl, with about 1.2 million people at risk.
Numerous severe storms are likely on Tuesday across Mississippi and its surroundings.
But also at risk, there are about 3.6 million people at an enhanced risk, level 3 out of 5, of having several storms that could produce damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes. This includes areas from Memphis, Tennessee to Monroe and Alexandria, Louisiana.
Some severe storms, isolated in nature are possible for areas like Nashville, Birmingham, and Baton Rouge. Do not let your guard down and some of these isolated storms could produce a tornado or two.