More strong thunderstorms will likely affect portions of the Memphis metro area this evening as a disturbance moves east across AR along a stationary front to our south. The front is the remnants of the cold front that moved through overnight, bringing severe straight-line wind, some hail, and tornado warnings to the area. The primary threat with tonight's storms will be large (possibly very large) hail. A Slight Risk of severe weather is posted for north MS, where the majority of the storms are expected. However, storms could also move through the Bluff City this evening and into the early nighttime hours.
Below is a statement released by the NWS regarding damage and survey results from last night's storm that left over 50,000 customers without power in Shelby County alone.
...PRELIMINARY DAMAGE SURVEY OF SHELBY COUNTY TENNESSEE...
A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY TEAM DETERMINED THAT VARIOUS AREAS OF SHELBY COUNTY TENNESSEE HAD STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE FROM SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THAT MOVED ACROSS THE COUNTY BETWEEN 1030 PM AND 1115 PM ON TUEDAY APRIL 19, 2011.
DAMAGE IN THE FRAYSER AND RALEIGH AREAS CONSISTED OF DAMAGE TO SHINGLES ON HOMES, FENCES AND DOWNED TREES. WIND ESTIMATES IN THAT AREA ARE FROM 60 TO 70 MILES AN HOUR.
DAMAGE IN THE BOLTON AREA, NEAR THE HIGH SCHOOL, CONSISTED OF DAMAGE TO ROOFS, BUILDINGS, AND DOWNED TREES. THE WIND WAS ESTIMATED AROUND 75 MILES AN HOUR.
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