100 million people at risk as deadly storms and tornadoes march east

Cheryl Sanders
April 14, 2019

The storms are part of a large system moving through the southern United States, knocking out power to thousands and causing some flash flooding. Take cover now!"it tweeted".

Four other people were injured when the trailer was struck, Houston County Emergency Management Coordinator Roger Dickey said.

Two children, ages 3 and 8, were killed when a tree fell on their vehicle as storms hammered east Texas.

The National Weather Service said preliminary information showed an EF-3 tornado touched down with winds of 140 miles per hour (225.3 kph).

The entire town of Franklin and neighboring Bremond lost electricity, with 3,088 customers without power early Sunday.

To the north, dime-sized hail pounded the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The rash of storms then headed east, where it claimed the life of a Louisiana teen.

Meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister touched down Saturday in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, area. The death is believed to be storm related, the sheriff's office said.

Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley identifies him as Roy Ratliff, 95.

CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said the warm air present during Saturday afternoon enhanced the atmosphere's instability, creating more energy for storms to tap into and aiding in their development. However, the area had been under a tornado warning at the time the storm hit. Tournament organizers have moved up tee times for Sunday because of the storm threat.

The fire station in Hamilton was destroyed, as were multiple homes and a retail center. Trees were down throughout the hilly city on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi. There are several trees down.

Heavy rains and storms continued to rake the Magnolia State into the night, with Mississippi State University's 21,000 students huddling in basements and hallways as a tornado came near the school's campus in Starkville. "We are just a mess". Snow was falling in Chicago on Sunday, with 1-3 inches reported in central IL, as a result of the storm's cold front.

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