Thunderstorms will be affecting a large portion of the East through tonight as a storm system brings severe weather to areas from Louisiana into Pennsylvania.
The biggest threats with this system are high winds, lightning, hail and flash flooding; however, there will also be the potential for tornadoes to touch down from the strongest storms. These conditions can be incredibly dangerous, as well as having the potential to disrupt travel and knock out power lines.
The highest risk for tornadoes will be for Alabama, Mississippi and northern Georgia.
2:24 p.m. EDT Thursday: "The storm looks like it may be cycling a bit, undergoing a weakening state, but it could reform," AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Justin Povick said.
2:19 p.m. EDT Thursday:NWS employees in Slidell, La. are estimating winds gusts to 70 mph.
2:10 p.m. EDT Thursday: Heavy damage reported by Noxubee County 911 near Shuqualak in Mississippi. The number of injuries are unknown at this time.
1:52 p.m. EDT Thursday: One fatality has been confirmed with another person injured along highway 493, 4 miles northwest of Liberty, Miss. A steel building has also been destroyed.
1:38 p.m. EDT Thursday: Tornado emergency is in place, at this time meteorologists and trained spotters are tracking a large and violent tornado located near Prairie Point, Miss., moving northeast at 40 miles per hour.
12:38 p.m. EDT Thursday: Unconfirmed report of a tornado touching down near Liberty, Miss., with damage reported and possible injuries.