We're tracking rainfall here in mid-Missouri, but we are not worried about severe weather for tonight. In states such as Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia, they're already seeing intense severe weather with more anticipated after nightfall.
The south's atmosphere was the perfect set-up for an event like what is happening currently. Even from early in the day, sunshine that made its way through the cloud cover warmed the ground, creating instability. Upper level winds were just strong enough to allow for large hail formation to be expected.
A low pressure system, the same one that is bringing our rain chances to us today, is drawing in warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico. As that warm air collides with the cold front associated with this low pressure system, that's a huge concern for tornado development.
Extensive damage, injuries, and deaths have been reported in the south already today with more storms on the way.