One Dead as Strong Storms Rake South, Midwest
A large storm system packing high winds, rain and some possible twisters tore across several states in the South and central U.S. early Wednesday, blacking out power to thousands, downing trees and damaging homes.
CBS Nashville affiliate WTVF-TV reports one person was killed when a tree fell on a shed.
At least one person was reported injured by lightning in Arkansas during the storm’s eastward trek, marking the onslaught of an approaching cold front expected to sweep over a large part of the East Coast in coming hours.
The rapidly changing conditions created a risk of tornadoes in the nation’s midsection and South. The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said the threat was greatest in northeast Texas, northern Louisiana, northwest Mississippi, southeast Missouri and much of Arkansas.
Entergy Arkansas Inc. reported at least 9,000 power outages in several communities around Arkansas at the height of the storm, including in and around Little Rock.