- One person is dead after a possible tornado damaged several homes near Adairville, Kentucky.
- Storms downed trees, damaged structures in Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
One person died after a possible tornado damaged several structures Saturday near the Kentucky and Tennessee state line as a line of severe storms moved through the South.
Logan County Sheriff Clint Wright confirmed during a WHOP-AM Facebook live broadcast that a woman died in a home on Dot Road near Adairville, Kentucky. Logan County Sheriff’s Captain David Kitchens identified the victim as 79-year-old Dallas Jane Combs, WHOP-AM also reported.
Wright said the woman’s husband sustained injuries, but the extent of his injuries is unknown. The sheriff added that several structures, including some homes and barns, were damaged in the county.
If a tornado is confirmed, the death in Logan County will mark the end of the longest period on record in the United States without a tornado-related fatality. The last deaths attributed to a tornado occurred May 16, 2017, in Wisconsin and Texas – 263 days ago as of Saturday.
The tornado-warned storm appears to have tracked from east of Clarksville, Tennessee, north of Adams before moving across the state line into Kentucky, where it traveled north of Adairville up to near Woodburn.
In northwestern Tennessee, homes were damaged and residents were reportedly trapped by debris near the town of Union City Saturday night.
Heavy damage was reported from another possible tornado in Keiser, Arkansas, according to the local sheriff’s department. At least 10,000 homes and businesses were without power statewide Saturday night, according to PowerOutage.us.
Earlier Saturday, winds from thunderstorms tearing through the mid-South downed trees and destroyed structures in Texas and Oklahoma. Trees were downed in the southeastern Oklahoma town of Valliant Saturday afternoon.
Authorities in Hopewell, Texas, say there have been multiple reports of wind damage, including a carport that was damaged and a barn that was destroyed.
Trees were also reportedly downed after a thunderstorm packing high winds tore through Driggs, in northwestern Arkansas.
A late-winter squall line is moving across the mid-South. Conditions are favorable for tornadoes, gusty winds, flash flooding and large hail this evening, weather.com meteorologist Jonathan Belles said.
“Squall lines become increasingly common during the late-winter and early-spring months due to the rebound of warm, subtropical air from the Gulf of Mexico and still-strong jet stream left over from winter,” Belles added.
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