Severe storms expected in Mississippi Valley, Dixie Alley

Spur is almost 70 miles east of Lubbock, Texas.

In Oklahoma, video from KOKH-TV showed a semitrailer that overturned on Interstate 40 near El Reno due to high winds.

A potent storm system will move through the Mid-South overnight and through much of the day Thursday, bringing a significant threat for severe storms to much of the WMC Action News 5 coverage area. An even greater threat exists Thursday in northern MS and western Tennessee.

While there were no watches or warnings issued as of press time, NWS was calling for the possibility of severe thunderstorms Wednesday evening, along with a strong chance for large hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 miles per hour. No injuries were reported following the tornado, rated as an EF-0 or an EF-1 on a six-level scale of tornado damage.

Late Tuesday, storms struck Oklahoma and northern Texas with tornadoes, tennis ball-sized hail and powerful winds.

Tornado watches were posted Wednesday evening from the Kansas City area southward to the Gulf Coast.

The Storm Prediction Center said instability through the Mississippi Valley on Thursday won't be as great as expected. A couple tornadoes possible Isolated very large hail events to 2 inches in diameter possible Isolated damaging wind gusts to 70 miles per hour possibleSUMMARY.Increasing convection now focused across western Arkansas should continue to intensify through the remainder of the afternoon into this evening.

"This afternoon we learned that three people died in a vehicle accident in Texas, including two contractors for The Weather Channel, Kelley Williamson and Randy Yarnall", the statement reads.

Williamson and Yarnall were both from Cassville, Missouri.

The Suburban's two occupants and the Jeep driver were pronounced dead at the scene, Sgt. John Gonzalez, a representative for the department, told Lubbock's Avalanche-Journal in a statement. Fifty-five-year-old Randall Delane Yarnall, also from Cassville, rode in the passenger seat. But one such pursuit ended tragically when three men were killed as their vehicles collided at a rural crossroads.

There was a heavy rain forecast at the time and a tornado warning was in place, but it's not clear if the weather was a factor in the crash.

  • Larry Hoffman