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.
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.
A tornado was reported around noon local time Saturday in southwest Louisiana. There were no reported injuries.
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.
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.
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.
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
BRING IN THE PUMPKINS - It didn't take this family very long to get into the fall spirit, already grabbing pumpkin… https://t.co/twg7nXHMjO52 minutes ago by WeatherNation
Florence leftovers could head back to the Carolinas as a much weaker system... Here's what's happening and how the… https://t.co/4x0unMwy1M2 hours ago by WeatherNation
NEW VIDEO - Unfortunately it was a busy night for one Texas tow-man as he worked to free several trapped cars caug… https://t.co/GdDH4RzxUx5 hours ago by WeatherNation
☕ "What is a pumpkin spice latte?" Our lovely morning team is excited to usher in a new season today. Here's wha… https://t.co/FxoiQRdZQC6 hours ago by WeatherNation
SEVERE WEATHER - Heartbreaking scenes out of Canada after a strong storm ripped through Quebec, leaving behind deva… https://t.co/gXpoj7GmhL6 hours ago by WeatherNation
Flooding concerns across Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas this weekend. https://t.co/zu36znzWgj8 hours ago by WeatherNation
Why Tropical Depression Eleven is expected to weaken as it approaches the Caribbean Sea https://t.co/DyfkcTpt9X13 hours ago by WeatherNation
DEMOLISHED NEIGHBORHOODS - Horrific scenes in some neighborhoods in Quebec, Canada as the same system that spawned… https://t.co/t5T8rAGLZE13 hours ago by WeatherNation
JUST IN: Tropical Depression Eleven has formed east of the Caribbean. The storm is forecast to remain a tropical de… https://t.co/fq0MX6V2UC15 hours ago by WeatherNation
Beautiful fall foliage is peaking in the Rocky Mountains. These pictures are courtesy Larry Pierce in Steamboat… https://t.co/ur1zzYV25u15 hours ago by WeatherNation
FORECAST: Additional rainfall between this afternoon (Friday) and Monday shows up to several *more* inches of rain… https://t.co/EOEwii8A9s16 hours ago by WeatherNation