Severe storms moved through the Memphis area overnight, leaving thousands of people without power on Saturday morning and debris swept across many roads.
One person in Shelby County has died from the storms, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. The death was one of four dead in the state late Saturday afternoon.
Several Memphis residents resumed power all day Saturday, but at least 11,100 people were still without power early Sunday around 1 a.m. due to 282 outages reported by Memphis Light, Gas and Water.
The update is an improvement from 7 am Saturday morning when 26,000 customers were without power.
The line of storms that passed through the south-central caused extensive damage in northeastern Arkansas, hitting a nursing home in Monette that killed one and trapped 20 people inside, a Craighead County Judge Marvin Day told The Associated Press.
Five people were seriously injured and a few others were slightly injured, he said. The retirement home has 86 beds.
Friday evening and Saturday morning updates:
With the nearly 80-degree weather in December comes a bit of bad news as the Memphis area is hit by severe thunderstorms.
A tornado warning was issued for the Memphis area until 12:45 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.
The warning was issued for Memphis, Millington and Rosemark, Tennessee, until 12:45 a.m. Saturday. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Collierville, Germantown and Oakland, Tennessee, as well as Olive Branch, Horn Lake and Lynchburg, Mississippi, until 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
More than 26,000 Memphis, Light, Gas and Water customers were without power in Shelby County at 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, according to MLGW.
A tornado watch was issued for parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee until 2 a.m. Saturday – including County of Shelby, according to the NWS.
The Storm Prediction Center improved parts of the south-central to moderate risk (4/5) for severe thunderstorms in the south-central on Friday afternoon and Friday evening.
The risk was increased on Friday morning due to an increased likelihood of tornadoes.
Memphis radar:Track storm forecasts and possible tornado warnings
The strongest storms are capable of producing destructive winds, large hail and tornadoes.
Thunderstorms are expected to arrive between 9 p.m. Friday and 4 a.m. Saturday with winds of up to 25 mph throughout the evening and early in the morning. The NWS predicted between one-half and three-quarters of an inch of precipitation.
The high pressure will set in from Saturday evening to Sunday and the lows will drop in the mid-1920s to descend within 30 seconds.
At around 7:00 p.m., a tornado warning was issued for Jonesboro, Paragould and Trumann, Arkansas until 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
Observers have reported tornadoes near Weiner, Arkansas, the NWS said.
The City of Memphis issued a statement saying it was prepared for the potential effects anticipated as crews inspected and cleaned storm sewers, water inlets and checked other critical areas to minimize the potential for street flooding. .
Public Works encouraged residents who see water entering their homes or accumulating on their property to take steps to prevent or divert the water by cleaning the storm sewers near their homes. Clearance of nearby gutters, downspouts and storm sewers can help reduce the risk of residential flooding.
Chances of warmer weather in December return to the middle of next week as temperatures return to 60 degrees higher, 70 degrees lower from Tuesday – with no precipitation.
A record of 80 degrees was set in Memphis on Friday. The previous record was 75 degrees in 1918.
To report power outages, the city asks people to call MLGW at 901-544-6500. To report felled trees, call 311 and to report felled trees after hours of operation, call 901-636-2525.
Memphis weather radar
- Make sure you have a way to receive weather alerts, such as a NOAA weather radio.
- Know the alerts:
- Severe storm monitoring: The conditions are favorable. Stay alert.
- Severe thunderstorm warning: To protect. Act now.
- Watch the tornado: The conditions are favorable. Stay alert.
- Tornado Warning: A tornado was seen on radar or reported by an observer. To protect.
- Be prepared to evacuate or shelter in place.
- Designate a âsafe placeâ for shelter. The basement is preferable, such as a basement or storm shelter. If that’s not possible, go to the central room on the ground floor of a sturdy building.
- If you are in a vehicle, try to shelter in a sturdy building. If there is no building nearby, stop, keep the seat belt on. Cover your head and neck with your arms and cover your body with a coat or blanket.
- Avoid parking under bridges or overpasses
- Anticipate power cuts.
Business call reporter Laura Testino contributed.