At least six of the 35 tornadoes to have touched down in the Gulf Coast states, the Carolinas and Virginia in the last few days were rated EF2 or stronger. This includes two tornadoes, one in Convent, Louisiana and one in County, Mississippi, which proved deadly. The area has been ravaged by severe weather this past week, the Weather Channel reports, with over 300 reports of wind damage and strong wind gusts reported to the Storm Prediction Center as of Thursday morning. This is the most reports to have been submitted in a 24-hour period since July 2015. According to Weather Underground meteorologist Bob Henson, the past two days have been the deadliest (with four people reported dead by the Associated Press) from tornadoes in Virginia since 2011’s Superoutbreak.
Additional tornadoes are expected later Thursday. Emergencies have been declared in several Southern states including, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
Although Austin is currently expecting cooler, more winter-like temperatures, we can expect to be back in the 70s come this weekend. Check out today’s Austin weather forecast here.