Tornado confirmed in Laurens County from Friday morning storms


The best risk for severe weather will remain in areas to our south, however, the Storm Prediction Center has placed portions of the Delaware Valley under the "slight risk" category for severe weather.

In Forsyth County northeast of Atlanta, Fire Department Division Chief Jason Shivers told the newspaper three firefighters suffered minor injuries when their firetruck overturned during heavy rain and wind.

A lake wind advisory is already in effect, and tornado watches and warnings are possible.

Forecasters confirmed that 14 tornadoes had touched down in MS and damage from the storm system was reported in at least 24 of the state's 82 counties.

Warm weather is just a few more thunderstorms away.

A tornado touched down in Franklin County, Virginia, injuring at least two people, destroying two homes and severely damaging other buildings, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office told CNN.

At least three other people have been killed in the massive thunderstorms that pounded parts of MS and Alabama on Thursday.

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Wind gusts as high as 52 miles per hour were recorded in the state early Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

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A Doppler radar showed the storm system approaching central North Carolina as of 2:10 p.m.

The 42-year-old woman was the first confirmed death attributed to severe storms that swept Alabama on Thursday.

There were no active tornado warnings Friday night, Ward said. There were no immediate reports of any damage from those storms, but the tornado threat was expected to continue well into the day in the Carolinas and Virginia.

There's a big storm blowing through the area and conditions are expected to worsen later this afternoon - according to The National Weather Service, Charleston is in the line of strong winds (40-50 mph) and severe thunderstorms, and now under a tornado watch.

The same storm system was blamed for the deaths a day earlier of three people in MS and a woman in Alabama.