I'll be blunt: This may be a HORRIBLE tornado. The damage from Mississippi would suggest so, and this sucker has a hundred-mile track, incredible supercell. The important thing is to get to the safest place you can and stay there until this passes, protect your life and lives of loved ones. Make the right decisions, and read the full text of this warning, be in your safe place and stay tuned to reliable source of weather information.
11:33 PM - Quick update, this storm is going through a weakening phase. I hope that will continue, but as they mention in the text of the warning, these supercells can cycle back up really quick. And to be blunt, you cannot afford to take a chance with a storm like this. It is very dangerous and life-threatening. Please take this seriously and encourage anyone you know in the path to.
11:35 - When this tornado was way back in Western Mississippi earlier this evening, about 100 miles ago, this is what it looked like. So if this cycles back up, please think about this image from when there was still daylight. The damage was catastrophic. So you HAVE to understand this is a serious situation, and stay calm and focused, and do the right things to protect your life.
I grabbed that off Twitter from Aaron Rigby. I am just trying to emphasize how serious this situation is. Even though it is going through a weakening phase, don't count on that. This has cycled back up MANY times across MS, and if it does, you could get a tornado like what you see above. It is night. Do not try to see it or hear it first. PROTECT YOUR LIFE AND YOUR LOVED ONES. THIS IS VERY SERIOUS.
11:43 - Please stay sheltered in these tornado warning polygons. This one moving toward Phil Campbell is trying to strengthen again and has a long history of producing unusually bad tornado damage, catastrophic damage at times.
If it weakens as it gets absorbed in this squall line, then great. But we can't take chances with a storm like this.
It has cleared Marion County now and is up in Franklin and Lawrence counties.
23:46 - Also the warning for Athens has been replaced by a severe thunderstorm warning.
23:47 - OKAY - WONDERFUL NEWS - this tornado has been CANCELLED! The storm continued to weaken as it got caught up in the squall line.
We still have several severe thunderstorm warnings along this squall line, and they could produce straight-line wind damage. A tornado could still spin up somewhere again.
But I am glad this tornado weakened. It went on for 100 miles or so and did horrific damage. This was just too close a call, and we had to play this situation safe.
WFUS54 KHUN 250425
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
National Weather Service Huntsville AL
1125 PM CDT Fri Mar 24 2023
The National Weather Service in Huntsville Alabama has issued a
* Tornado Warning for...
Eastern Franklin County in northwestern Alabama...
* Until 1215 AM CDT.
* At 1124 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a
tornado was located near Weston, or near Hamilton, moving northeast
at 55 mph.
HAZARD...Tornado and quarter size hail.
SOURCE...Radar indicated rotation.
IMPACT...Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without
shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed.
Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree
damage is likely.
* Locations impacted include...
Russellville, Phil Campbell, Hodges, Tharptown, Isbell, Duketon,
Spruce Pine, Rockwood and Little Bear Creek Reservoir.
TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest
floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a
mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial
shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. This storm has a
long history of producing strong tornadoes and could cycle again!
Seek shelter right now!!!
Heavy rainfall may hide this tornado. Do not wait to see or hear the
tornado. TAKE COVER NOW!
LAT...LON 3457 8770 3457 8765 3442 8753 3434 8753
3430 8761 3432 8804
TIME...MOT...LOC 0424Z 241DEG 46KT 3421 8807
MAX HAIL SIZE...1.00 IN