Derecho Crosses South with Widespread Damaging Winds

Derecho Crosses South with Widespread Damaging Winds

Disaster Alert
April 8, 2021

Source: The Weather Channel

Additional Resources:

mLive (Tornado Damages Handful of Homes in Kent County)
The Daily Leader (Storms Bring Damage, Power Outages Across Southwest MS)
WATE ABC 6 (National Weather Service Confirms Pair of EF 2 Tornadoes Moved Through Scott County)

Approximate areas reportedly sustaining structural damage:

Alabama

Tornado/High Winds
– Thomasville (Clarke County, 36784)

Arkansas

Tornado/High Winds
– Camden (Ouachita County, 71701, 71711)

Florida

Tornadoes/High Winds
– Lynn Haven (Bay County, 32444)
– Panama City Beach (Bay County, 32401, 32407, 32408, 32413, 32417, 32461)

Louisiana

Tornado/High Winds
– Palmetto (St. Landry Parish, 71358)
*Concentrated home damage reported in Bolden Road area (between Highway 71 and 359)

Michigan

Tornado
– Byron Center (Kent County, 49315)
*Tornado touchdown/home damage reported in Preservation Lakes subdivision

Mississippi

Tornado/High Winds
– Columbia (Marion County, 39429)

South Carolina

Tornadoes/High Winds
– Moore (Spartanburg County, 29369)
– Seneca (Oconee County, 29672, 29678, 29679)

Tennessee

Tornadoes/High Winds
– Norma (Scott County, 37756)
– Pleasant Hill (Cumberland County, 38578)
– Straight Fork (Scott County, 37847)

NOTE: This has NOT yet been declared a FEMA Major Disaster.

At a Glance

  • Damaging wind gusts and hail have been reported from the Plains to the Gulf Coast.
  • Strong storms are possible from the Florida panhandle to the Carolinas today.

A pair of lines of severe thunderstorms hammered parts of the South from parts of Texas and Oklahoma into Alabama and the Florida Panhandle overnight.

This event qualifies as a low-end derecho, a long-lived, widespread damaging thunderstorm wind event since it traveled hundreds of miles long while downing trees, knocking out power and damaged some structures from wind gusts over 70 mph.

The system also produced a few tornadoes and some very large hail. A storm in Orange Beach, Alabama, produced hail as large as grapefruits, which are among the largest hail sizes possible along the Gulf Coast.

Two tornadoes, one west of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and another near Panama City Beach, Florida, have been confirmed so far.

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