Saturday, April 1, 2023 12:09 AM

Tornado risk increasing for Memphis metro


The tornado risk is increasing for the Memphis metro and areas surrounding the metro. There are two supercells to the southwest of Memphis in east central Arkansas that are showing signs of improved storm structure and increased rotation. These storms are racing northeast toward Memphis and other parts of northwestern Mississippi and southwestern Tennessee at nearly 50 mph.

Environmental conditions ahead of these storms will grow increasingly favorable for tornadoes, and because of this increased risk, the Storm Prediction Center has highlighted this area for an increased tornado threat over the next hour or two.

Tornado risk message from the SPC

SPC message

As of 7:15 p.m. local time, there's a confirmed large and dangerous tornado on the ground near West Helena, crossing the Mississippi River soon into northwestern Mississippi. If this storm maintains its rotation and intensity, it'll move toward the south Memphis suburbs over the next half an hour.

If you live in or near Memphis, please keep a close eye on the latest forecast and seek shelter if a warning is issued.