Officials warned that the entire state is at "elevated risk" of tornadoes and "damaging straight line winds" as a result of the system - which national officials say is likely to do the most damage to northeast Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, southern middle Tennessee and western Georgia.
"Widespread damaging winds up to 70 miles per hour and large hail up to tennis ball size are also possible with these storms".
The American Meteorological Society (AMS) recommends that people living in areas at risk of tornadoes make a severe weather plan. We are in contact with local officials in the area to provide support.
The threat from the storms coincided with the dangers from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. There already are reported power outages, downed trees and significant damage to structures in multiple parishes, including Ouachita, Bossier and DeSoto.
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Severe storms will spread to the eastern side of the Mississippi River for Easter Sunday.
Roughly $30 million in damage was done to airplanes at Monroe Regional Airport, the airport's director, Ron Phillips, told the News-Star. "Please take today's severe storms very seriously".
An area of strong, possibly severe storms will move through the night time.
By Monday, the system will focus on the East Coast.
The storm, it said, was "likely to strengthen further as it moves into Alabama", bringing more tornadoes, winds up to 70mph and heavy rains leading to flooding. There is an elevated chance of powerful winds and tornadoes, according to the NWS. Download our CBS 6 Weather Authority app for the latest warnings, radar and forecast. However, they're not intended to wake people up; they're meant to alert people who are outdoors that they need to go inside as quickly as possible.