This is a live blog that was updated about every hour, discussing any important updates about the severe weather happening across parts of the Deep South on Wednesday morning. As the storm threat dissipated, the blog ended at noon. You can track the storms using our WeatherRadar and our team of meteorologists continues to track weather happening across the nation, check out our News stream section.
Noon ET update (last update for this event)
After about 16 hours of busy weather across the South, the severe storms have started to wind down. Although there could still be some storms striking parts of North Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas as the front moves east, these are not forecast to be severe. They will become more widely isolated.
11:40 a.m. ET update
Meteorologist Becca Parker recaps the severe weather outbreak that occurred overnight across parts of the Deep South.
11 a.m. ET update
As forecast, the severe threat diminishes as the storms move eastward. Colder air will filter in. Thursday morning will be cold across Northern Florida, where the lows could be in the low 40s. As seen on our TemperatureRadar, lows in Atlanta will be colder, likely falling below the freezing point overnight.
10 a.m. ET update
Check out the damage in steens Mississippi. So far, up to this morning, there have been four tornadoes confirmed, but surveys will continue throughout the day. After the damage is evaluated, it will be known if the damage was caused by tornadic winds or straight damaging winds.
9 a.m. ET update
Severe storms are on the move. Tornado watches have been dropped for much of Alabama, and extreme western Florida. The only area still under a tornado watch is the Panama City area, where storms are on the move at this hour. The storms are losing their punch and colder air is filtering in. We expect these tornado watches to be dropped shortly.
8 a.m. ET update
As daylight breaks, the destruction of overnight storms is coming to light. Unfortunately, we know that two people lost their lives as the Montgomery County, Alabama, Emergency Management Agency has confirmed it. This happened in the Flatwood Community, just to the north of Montgomery because of a possible tornado that struck the area. There are search and rescue teams there trying to find more people as there were several people also injured after trees fell onto homes.
Wednesday severe risk.
Isolated severe storms will continue pushing east. The biggest threats will be damaging winds greater than 57 mph are the main threat from these storms but a tornado or two cannot be ruled out, especially for Montgomery and Mobile, Ala., Columbus, Ga., and Tallahassee, Fla.
7:30 a.m. ET update
The same system that produced severe storms across Louisiana, Mississippi, and parts of Tennessee and Kentucky continue to move east. Some severe storms have already been affecting the extreme southern portion of Mississippi through Alabama, Florida’s Panhandle, and southern Georgia.
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These storms will be moving east, and the main bulk of the most severe storms will mainly affect Florida’s Panhandle and southwestern Georgia through midday Wednesday.
A tornado watch is in effect until 11 a.m. CST from Panama City, Fla. Through southern Alabama, including Dothan, and as far west as Pensacola, Fla. The storms should be ending by 9 a.m. across the extreme western region of the Panhandle, which will start to drop the tornado watches after the cold front moves through.
A cold front on the move causes early severe storms, but then the storms will lose its punch.
In fact, this last stretch of strong to severe storms should end by noon Eastern Time as storms start to lose their punch. Cold air will filter in and the severe weather diminishes for the rest of the day. There could be some storms moving across eastern Georgia and north Florida, but they will not become severe.