Tornado Watches Issued as Severe, Dangerous Storms Threaten South and Midwest

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Dangerous storms hit the south and Midwest Thursday, spawning at least one tornado along the Ohio River and prompting several tornado warnings in the Ohio Plains and Valley.

During peak activity, tornado watches stretched from the Lone Star State to the Buckeye State, a distance of more than 1,000 miles, but watch boxes have begun to shrink as daytime warming subsides.

A combination of severe thunderstorm watches and tornado watches are in effect for more than 30 million people from outside Dallas to Columbus, Ohio.

Due to the high amounts of energy and moderate wind shear – the change in wind speed and/or direction with height – supercells capable of everything severe weather hazards, including tornadoes, damaging winds and, in particular, very large hail, the FOX Forecast Center said.

These storms will cross the Mississippi River overnight and move southeast on Friday, the FOX Forecast Center said.

You can see where there are showers and electric storms are underway on the radar loop below.

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Video shows tornado crossing the Ohio River on Thursday

A supercell that passed through southern Indiana and northern Kentucky produced at least one tornado that was captured on video crossing the Ohio River near the city of Madison, Indiana.

Local National Weather Service offices issued tornado warnings for the storm. According to PowerOutage.us, at least 5,000 customers in the immediate area were without power.

Photos and videos from the region showed debris carried by the tornado. Damage was reported in the cities of Milton and Carrollton along the Ohio River in Kentucky.

The NWS office in Louisville has already sent a team of meteorologists to Milton, Kentucky, to assess the damage and determine how strong the tornado was on the enhanced Fujita scale.

According to the team, some damage was consistent with an EF-1 tornado with winds between 86 and 110 mph, but surveyors had many more hours of work left.

Indiana State Police deployed to Jefferson County, in the southern part of the state, said several homes were damaged between Hanover and Madison and encouraged drivers to avoid the region.

Several patrol cars were also said to have been damaged by hail the size of baseballs.

Large hail damages patrols in southern Indiana
(Indiana State Police)

Large hail damages patrols in southern Indiana
(Indiana State Police)

The reported tornado touches down in Jefferson County, Indiana, on March 14, 2024.
(Indiana State Police)

The reported tornado touches down in Jefferson County, Indiana, on March 14, 2024.
(Indiana State Police)

The reported tornado touches down in Jefferson County, Indiana, on March 14, 2024.
(Indiana State Police)

Tornado along the Ohio River on the Kentucky-Indiana state line
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Damage reports from Wednesday

On Wednesday, about 100 reports of severe weather were recorded by the National Weather Service, making it the fourth busiest day of 2024. In SoulKansas, a report of baseball-sized hail (4 inches in diameter) tied the largest hail report of the year so far.

FOX Weather Storm Trackers was also in the right place at the right time and Video captured of a supercell producing a large tornado out of town High View in the northeast Kansas. There were no reports of significant damage., but about 200 customers in the rural area experienced a power outage.

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Friday’s severe weather threat

As the system falls into Southeast and the southern plains on Friday, the severe weather threat will decrease as available atmospheric Energy is low compared to previous days.

Only a few severe storms will be possible during the afternoon from Texas to the southeast.

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