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Severe Thunderstorms Possible From Northeast to South Following Tornado Outbreak

The Weather Channel logo The Weather Channel 4/1/2023 meteorologists

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F​rom March 31 - April 1, a major tornado outbreak ripped through several states in the Midwest and South, then brought damaging winds to much of the Northeast.

Numerous tornadoes occurred from the Midwest to the Mid-South on Friday.

A​ tornado early Friday afternoon tore through parts of the north and west side of the Little Rock, Arkansas, metro area. That prompted a rare tornado emergency just before staff at the NWS-Little Rock office was forced to seek shelter, themselves. Debris was thrown in the air and detected by radar. This tornado has preliminarily been rated EF3.

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A strong tornado caused damage in Wynne, Arkansas, before moving eastward across I-55 and the Mississippi River into western Tennessee to the north of Millington. Two additional supercells moved from southeastern Arkansas into northwestern Mississippi, likely each producing a tornado.

Several tornadoes have touched down in eastern Iowa, including near Iowa City. A pair of twin tornadoes was even spottedAt least one of the tornadoes, near Keota, Iowa, has been rated EF3.

A​ strong tornado developed Friday evening near Robinson, Illinois, then crossed the Indiana border into southwestern Indiana. Several other tornadoes tracked through Indiana, including in Frankfort.

An EF3 tornado touched down, killing 1, near Hazel Green in northern Alabama early on April 1.

Below are the latest severe weather reports received by the National Weather Service over the past 36 hours, including reports of tornadoes, damaging thunderstorm winds and large hail.

N​OAA's Storm Prediction Center had issued a rare 'high risk' severe weather forecast for this outbreak, the first such 'high risk' forecast they've issued since the March 25, 2021, tornado outbreak in the South.

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