Severe thunderstorms pushed through the Southern and Southeastern United States on Tuesday leaving many people with the clean-up process. At least five tornadoes were reported to have touched down in the early afternoon hours in hardest-hit Louisiana. In addition to the widespread damage left behind, an estimated 27 people were injured in the event. The video below was taken in the New Orleans metropolitan area as one of the tornadoes struck near a shopping center.
Thunderstorms also produced tornadoes in neighboring Mississippi as the day progressed. Many large hail and damaging wind reports occurred as the severe thunderstorms reached the Atlantic Coast into the overnight hours. The Storm Prediction Center issued two tornado watches and three severe thunderstorm watches over the entirety of the event. It is still uncertain what the tornadoes were rated. After National Weather Service storm survey crews are able to inspect the damage, that information will be available.
Some severe weather is possible on Wednesday as a second system develops. The southern Appalachians and locations to the east are at greatest risk. It is important to keep in mind that the magnitude is not expected to rival what was seen on Tuesday. Scattered large hail and damaging winds will be the main threats over those areas.