Stormy Southeast: Tornadoes Observed in Texas, Louisiana Jul 15, 2017

Parts of the South and Southeast United States had an extra helping of summertime thunderstorms Saturday.  Heavy storms with rain, wind, lightning, and even tornadoes moved across the Gulf Coast and mid-Atlantic states.  Here’s what we know so far:

  • Two reports of tornadoes, one in Texas and another in Louisiana
  • Two accounts of waterspouts, one in Maryland and another offshore of Florida
  • Roughly 60 reports of wind damage from the storms
  • One injury from a lightning strike in Texas
  • Flash flooding just south of Birmingham, AL

The tornadoes in Texas and Louisiana were captured by the public and shared on social media.

Picture credit: ohcaroline8 on Instagram

The National Weather Service did have a tornado warning in effect for the storm that produced this tornado in Livingston, TX. A structure was damaged however there were no reported injuries.

Picture credit: Brooke Dowell on Twitter

A tornado was reported around noon local time Saturday in southwest Louisiana. There were no reported injuries.

Picture credit: cmcdonald_wx on Twitter

Oklahoma City, OK was under a severe thunderstorm warning Saturday afternoon after reaching into the upper 90’s for the daily high temperature. This image of the wind shows the powerful downburst of the storm.

Picture credit: b2therown on Twitter

Norman, OK was also under a severe thunderstorm warning Saturday afternoon. This excellent shot shows the downburst of the storm creating heavy rain and powerful wind.

Storm reports as of Saturday evening shows the activity that was observed during the last 24 hours

On top of the aforementioned severe weather, damaging wind gusts were observed in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Wind gusts at reporting weather stations in the area showed gusts of 45-55 miles per hour, however gusts of 55 mph and greater were likely outside of those weather stations. Meanwhile in Alabama, flooding hit Saturday evening due to slow-moving thunderstorms. One statistic coming out of that area showed 1.44 inches of rain in just 33 minutes, a rate of nearly 3 inches per hour! The city of Hoover, AL was especially hit hard with heavy rain.

The thunderstorm outlook Sunday shows more thunderstorms will be likely.
The thunderstorm outlook Monday shows more thunderstorms will be likely.
Rainfall through early this week could be up to several more inches in spots.

Additional thunderstorms will pop up Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday across the Southeast. The biggest hazards will be lightning, flooding, strong winds, and an isolated tornado. Widespread severe weather is not likely, however a few storms may become severe during the afternoon and evening. Stay up to date with us on air and online for additional updates.

For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier

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