It is reported now that there is a massive storm system packing reported tornadoes, fierce winds and heavy rain swept through several states in the central U.S. and South early Wednesday, reportedly killing at least one person in Tennessee and damaging homes and businesses in multiple states.
WZTV reports one person in the Nashville area was killed as a line of strong storms packing up to 80 mph winds tore through the state, triggering tornado warnings and producing strong downpours of rain. The station reports four others were injured in a local trailer park and up to 30,000 in the area are without power. Police in the Arkansas community of Monticello reported one person was injured by lightning there, but the injury was not life-threatening. Forecasters said they were checking reports of possible twisters kicked up by the strong storm system, including one report from a Little Rock suburb as well as two other locations in northwestern Arkansas. There were no reports of injuries from those storms. WDRB tells Fox News tornado sirens are going off in downtown Louisville. The station described the storm as “wild and dangerous.” Damage was reported earlier in the morning in the Fort Campbell area. Fox 59 reports as many as 20 homes sustained heavy storm damage in eastern Greene County in Indiana. An Indiana police spokesman called the area “hazardous,” saying debris was reported on state roadways and power outages are widespread.
Thousands were left without power in Arkansas amid damage to the rooftops of homes. Entergy Arkansas Inc. reported at least 9,000 power outages in several communities around Arkansas, including in and around Little Rock. Flooding was reported in low-lying areas of Jonesboro in Arkansas’ northeastern corner. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency urged residents to be on guard for severe thunderstorms, high winds and the possibility of tornadoes amid the collision of cold and warm weather systems.”This storm will move through the state while most folks are asleep, which increases the potential for injuries,” said the Mississippi agency’s director, Robert Latham. “It is very important that everyone pays close attention to weather alerts during the next 24 to 48 hours.