Severe storms swept across the central and southern U.S. on Wednesday into early Thursday morning, washing out roadways and pelting the area with hail of varying sizes.
Damaging winds gusting as high as 70 mph blew across parts of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. Hail as large as baseballs was reported in parts of Mississippi late Wednesday night.
Hwy 49 and 70 blocked in numerous places in Brinkley. Numerous trees and power lines Southside of town #arwx @KATVToddYak pic.twitter.com/y8hDkqcBGn
— K W (@kweaver9406) April 26, 2017
Severe flooding led to parts of the road washing away in Washington County, Arkansas. As many as 18,000 customers lost power during Wednesday evening.
Several storms that swept through the region threatened possible tornadoes. A tornado warning was issued by NWS Little Rock on Wednesday morning for several areas, but no tornado was ever reported.
Hail coming down hard here at WLBT! pic.twitter.com/sDOnUFln3q
— Maggie Wade (@MaggieWade) April 27, 2017
Flash flooding was reported in Yazoo City, Mississippi. A family had to be rescued from their car after trying to drive under a low-hanging railroad trestle, according to the emergency manager.