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Severe thunderstorms, large hail and at least one confirmed tornado hit southern U.S.


Severe thunderstorms hit parts of southern United States on March 23 and 24, 2019, producing large hail, damaging winds and at least one tornado.

The worst affected Sunday night was Collin County, Texas where a round of severe storms moved through the area producing baseball-sized hail (or even larger in places). Residents said the hailstorm resembled a snowstorm.

The tornado was reported in Cadet, Missouri just south of St. Louis but the damage it left was minor.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Frank Strait, the storm that spawned the tornado caused a number of reports of golf-ball sized and larger hail. “The largest reported was 6.3 cm (2.5 inches), nearly baseball-sized,” Strait said.

Basketball-sized hail was also reported in LeFlore, Oklahoma.

Wind and hail damage was also reported south and northwest of St. Louis, in western Arkansas, eastern Oklahoma and North Texas.

A low pressure system currently over the middle Mississippi River Valley will continue tracking eastward and produce showers and thunderstorms from the Gulf Coast to the Mid Atlantic on Monday, March 25, NWS forecaster Hamrick said.

Some severe storms will be possible across parts of the Deep South on Monday ahead of the cold front, and the Storm Prediction Center has a slight risk across parts of Alabama and Georgia.

Most locations affected should have under a 13 mm (0.5 inches) of rainfall through early Wednesday, except locally over an inch where organized thunderstorm activity develops.

Featured image credit: Dan Robinson

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