A potent severe weather outbreak is being blamed for at least 9 deaths and widespread damage across the southern U.S. from Friday, Jan. 10, to Saturday, Jan. 11.
Scroll down for previous reports as the severe weather unfolded Friday through Saturday night.
12 a.m. CST Sunday
Over 350 wind reports have been submitted to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center on Saturday, Jan. 11. The reports stretch from the lower Mississippi Valley to the Ohio Valley and Eastern Seaboard.
The intense line of thunderstorms that caused the high winds and damage on Saturday continues to charge eastward through southern Maryland, eastern Virginia and eastern North Carolina, with a number of severe thunderstorm warnings remaining in effect.
10:30 p.m. CST Saturday
Wind damage has been reported in Troy, Ohio, including downed trees and roof damage. A tornado warning was in effect for the city as thunderstorms moved through the area, but there has been no confirmed reports of a tornado at this time.
"Troy experienced a high wind event resulting in power lines and trees down through sections of the city. The downtown was significantly affected and the square will be closed to traffic until further notice," the local government said on Twitter. There have been no reported injuries at this time.
7:30 a.m. CST Saturday
Three people have been killed in northwestern Louisiana as a result of this severe weather outbreak.
Two people died and at least one was injured in the Haughton area of Bossier Parish when storms moved across the area, sheriff's Lt. Bill Davis confirmed.
The third death happened when a tree fell on an elderly man's house shortly after 1:14 a.m. Saturday in Caddo Parish in Louisiana, officials report.
6 a.m. CST Saturday
Stretches of both interstates 20 and 49 in northern Louisiana remain closed early this morning due to debris over the road. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, as well as local officials are advising motorists to seek alternate routes.
5 a.m. CST Saturday
A tornado warning has been issued for portions of northern Mississippi and southwestern Tennessee. This storm is tracking through a highly populated area, posing a serious threat. Strong rotation along with a possible debris signature is evident via radar. Anyone in the path of this dangerous storm needs to take shelter immediately!
Tornado Warning including Collierville TN, Olive Branch MS, Piperton TN until 5:30 AM CST pic.twitter.com/jOwy2b3c5r— NWS Memphis (@NWSMemphis) January 11, 2020
1:30 a.m. CST Saturday
A nearly continuous line of severe thunderstorm warnings stretches over 600 miles from southeastern Missouri to southeastern Texas currently. Across Arkansas and Missouri, multiple flash flood warnings have been posted behind the main line of thunderstorms.
1 a.m. CST Saturday
Roughly 111,000 customers are without power across the state of Texas, according to Poweroutage.us. This has increased by about 76,000 in the past three and a half hours as storms continue to ravage eastern Texas.
12:18 a.m. CST Saturday
A tornado warning has been issued for the southern and southwestern Houston metro area and continues until 12:30 a.m. CST. This includes the city of Pasadena and Deer Park. Residents are urged to take shelter as a brief tornado is possible in this area.
Tornado Warning including Pasadena TX, Deer Park TX, South Houston TX until 12:30 AM CST pic.twitter.com/W4iARLYRmN— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) January 11, 2020
11:46 p.m. CST Friday
A tornado warning has been issued across the western suburbs of Houston as the powerful line of thunderstorms has begun tracking into the metro area. Residents in this area are urged to seek shelter!
Tornado Warning including Sugar Land TX, Mission Bend TX, Bellaire TX until 12:15 AM CST pic.twitter.com/ZNlRtrFAA2— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) January 11, 2020
9:25 p.m. CST Friday
About 35,000 customers are without power across the state of Texas, according to PowerOutage.US.
As the severe weather treks eastward, it leaves behind over 545 flights delayed and over 445 flights canceled at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, according to FlightAware. Another 69 flights were delayed and 142 flights were canceled at Dallas Love Field.
9 p.m. CST Friday
At 9 p.m. CST, the NWS's Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service recorded Elm Fork Trinity River at Gainesville, Texas, at 23.68 feet - about 21 feet above the level it had been at over the past few days. The site is currently in a moderate flood stage. A major flood stage for the area is 24.6 feet.
|(Image/NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service)|
8:50 p.m. CST Friday
Pieces of a hotel building's facade were torn from the wall in Irving, Texas, amid severe weather. Earlier, a UPS truck had reportedly flipped along I-635 in the area. The driver had cited strong winds as the cause of the accident and is okay.
8:20 p.m. CST Friday:
A UPS truck reportedly flipped along I-635 W in Irving, Texas. The driver told AccuWeather that the strong winds blew his truck over, but he was okay. Nearby, Love Field Airport reported a wind gust of 31 mph, and Dallas Fort-Worth recorded gusts in the high 20s.
7:52 p.m. CST Friday:
The National Weather Service said that there was a "large and extremely dangerous tornado on the ground" at 7:52 p.m. CST. This is a particularly dangerous situation.
According to the National Weather Service, a "large and extremely dangerous tornado" is on the ground and near Scranton, Arkansas— AccuWeather (@breakingweather) January 11, 2020
This is a Particularly Dangerous Situation. People in the path of this tornado-warned storm need to seek shelter immediately: https://t.co/osyHzu5cGu https://t.co/UfvgJi8PhD
The National Weather Service included this incident in the tornado reports of the day, including that firefighters had reported power lines down across Highway 109 between Prairie View and Midway.
6:15 p.m. CST Friday:
A new tornado warning was issued close to Dallas, spanning across an area that includes 1.7 million people, 350 schools and 21 hospitals. The Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport also lies within the tornado warning. As pf 6:15 p.m. CST, over 450 flights have been delayed and nearly 400 more have been canceled.
6 p.m. CST Friday:
As of 6 p.m. CST, there have been two tornadoes confirmed by the National Weather Service- one in Polk County, Missouri, and the other in Cherokee County, Oklahoma. The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency has confirmed that the residents of the property in the photos they posted on their Facebook page were accounted for and there were no reports of injuries.
|A confirmed tornado struck just north of Fair Play, Missouri, in Polk County on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (Facebook/@MissouriSEMA)|
5:50 p.m. CST Friday:
A radar-confirmed tornado is just south of Fort Worth, Texas, and is heading northeast at 30 mph. The projected path will take the tornado over or very close to the Fort Worth/Spinks Airport.
Farther north, hours of rain have left the northbound lanes of Highway 287 in Decatur, Texas, submerged. The flash flooding caught at least one car.
5:30 p.m. CST Friday:
A new tornado watch has been issued from eastern Texas into southern Missouri, that will continue into Friday night. This includes Shreveport, Louisiana, and Little Rock, Arkansas.
A tornado watch means that conditions are conducive for tornado development and that people in the area should closely monitor the weather. If a tornado warning is issued, this means that a tornado is imminent and people should seek shelter immediately.
4 p.m. CST Friday:
By 4 p.m. on Friday, just over 300 flights had already been canceled at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport amid the severe weather, according to FlightAware. Another 344 flights at the airport were delayed.
2:53 p.m. CST Friday:
A radar-confirmed tornado is tracking toward Tahlequah, Oklahoma, moving to the northeast at 45 mph. People in the path of the this tornado need to seek shelter immediately.
The Tahlequah Daily Press reported that the tornado siren system was down at the time of the alert.
1 p.m. CST Friday:
A new tornado watch has been issued for part of eastern Texas, including the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Storms in this area could lead to significant disruptions to the Friday evening commute, especially for those flying into and out of airports being impacted by the storms.
10:43 a.m. CST Friday:
A Tornado Watch was released by the SPC for portions of central and eastern Oklahoma, northwest Arkansas, and southwest Missouri. As thunderstorms continue to intensify in central Oklahoma, the favorable tornadic conditions are expected to spread eastward.
According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Jesse Ferrell, this is just the third time since 1997 that a Tornado Watch has been issued by the SPC between Jan. 1 and Jan. 10.
7:42 a.m. CST Friday:
In the town of Leedey, Oklahoma, in the western portion of the state, golf ball-sized hail was reported. The 1.75-inch hail was the first reporting connected to the severe weather.
10 p.m. CST Thursday:
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has announced in a press release that he has set numerous resources on standby to prepare for the impending severe weather. According to the Texas Division of Emergency Management, this includes "boats, helicopters, rescue teams, medical strike teams, additional law enforcement and volunteer organizations on standby across the region to ensure the state is ready to respond to any requests from local government officials."