Damaging storms will take aim at a portion of the south-central United States on Thursday, threatening areas from Missouri to Tennessee.
The primary impacts from the severe weather will be damaging winds, hail and heavy downpours. However, isolated tornadoes could spin up with some of the stronger storms.
Residents in the cities of Springfield, Joplin and Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Fort Smith, Arkansas; and Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee will face the highest risk of dangerous weather conditions through the evening hours.
At 6:02 p.m. CST, an NWS trained spotter observed a funnel cloud near Newton, Missouri. This thunderstorm is tracking toward the town of Purdy and may produce a tornado as it moved southeastward.
A funnel cloud was also spotted with a thunderstorm near Hunter, Missouri.
At 5:35 p.m. CST Thursday, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Stotts City, Missouri. The storm is moving southeast and headed toward the towns of Freistatt, Verona and Aurora.
As of 5:00 p.m. CST Thursday, two severe thunderstorms capable of producing hail larger than golf balls were in far southwest Missouri in the area of Joplin. The hail from these thunderstorms was large enough to damage car windshields.
Well that escalated quickly. Just got pounded by baseball #hail between #Carthage & #Jasper, MO. #mowx pic.twitter.com/a6RQddt2RB
— Bart Comstock (@SvrWxChaser) March 9, 2017
Severe thunderstorms have tracked across eastern Kansas and southwestern Missouri throughout much of the afternoon producing frequent lightning and large hail. Most hail generally ranged from the size of pennies to golf balls with enough hail falling to cover the ground in some areas.