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Deadly Tornadoes Strike South Wednesday

23 Apr 2020, 7:05 am

Another powerful severe weather outbreak strikes the south. Multiple large tornadoes were reported on the ground. Including a deadly tornado in Madill, OK where our Field Correspondent Tony Russell was able to get damage video at first light.

Oklahoma Tornado Video

We are following the severe storm threats down across the south. Check out this video captured out of Oklahoma! Stay safe everyone! #okwx

Posted by WeatherNation on Wednesday, April 22, 2020


The threat for severe thunderstorms continued overnight into Thursday morning into the Mississippi Delta region. Areas generally along and east of the Red River were under a risk for severe weather. Warm temperatures, coupled with high humidity and a strong jet stream created severe thunderstorms overnight and early Thursday morning. The added moisture was mostly supplied by a rich flow from Gulf of Mexico. Climbing temperatures produced plenty of energy (CAPE) to fuel stronger storms.

For Thursday, a strengthening low pressure center will continue to push eastward toward the Mississippi River delta. Thunderstorms will fire ahead of the main cold front.  Initially forming as supercells, the thunderstorms will likely develop into a line, bringing straight-line wind damage.  However, the threat for tornadoes will remain.There will also be very heavy rainfall.  This could lead to flooding in some areas.

WeatherNation will keep you updated on the severe weather threat on-air and online. Be sure to check back for updates!

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Matt was born and raised on Long Island, NY.  It was there, that he had his first encounters with extreme weather.  Hurricane Belle struck in 1976.  Matt vividly remembers huddling in a hallway with his family, while the house shook from the ferocious winds.  In 1985, Hurricane Gloria came roaring ashore.  Matt and his father watched, as huge oak trees cracked like twigs in the front yard.  ... Load MoreMatt recalls, "When the trees snapped, it sounded like gunshots".  But it wasn't until college, when Matt married his love of weather with television news.  He met a local TV meteorologist at a Clemson baseball game.  An invitation was extended to tour the TV station in Greenville, SC.  Matt took him up on the offer, and a career was born.  After earning a B.S. in Marketing from Clemson, Matt enrolled in Mississippi State's nationally renowned Broadcast Meteorology Program.  He graduated with high marks, and went on to obtain Television Seals of Approval from the American Meteorological Society.  After 20 years of broadcasting, Matt has covered just about every kind of severe weather event.  But his favorite weather, is still sunshine and 75 degrees.

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