This storm coming to hopefully drench the Southeast has been leaving a trail of storm reports in it's wake. Starting in Mexico, several border towns lost electricity. At the boarder of Texas and Mexico in Loredo, TX up to 70mph winds were reported by spotters Sunday evening. The World Trade Bridge there, one of the busiest commercial border crossing spots into Mexico is expected to be closed due to the storm until next weekend. Some tractor trailers blew over, some port of entry roofs were lost and there was cosmetic damage done to the bridge. The bridge normally handles 15,000 trucks a day making the border crossing. Colombia Solidarity Bridge in Laredo is the closest bridge trucks are being diverted to, other bridges are in Eagle Pass, Pharr and Brownsville. There was one fatality when a 14 year old boy picked up an electrical wire downed by the storm. Trees were knocked down, there was scattered structural damage, including the roof of the Laredo fire station, along a 6 mile wide area of what was later determined to be straight line winds. Wind damage to mostly trees were reported on up into Mississippi. Hail up to 1 1/2" was also reported mostly in Texas. The hail got bigger on Monday as 1 3/4" fell in both Beckham, OK and Chaves, NM. Wind reports came in from Texas to South Carolina. Mostly knocking down trees and power lines.
Today's rain and weather should be more confined to Mississippi thru the Carolinas with more extending up from the Mississippi Valley. Tomorrow maybe more scattered across the South and East.