Friday, 19 April, 2019

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

Severe storms and wind gusts up to 40 mph will hit New Orleans Saturday afternoon Severe storms and wind gusts up to 40 mph will hit New Orleans Saturday afternoon
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With an extremely moist and unstable atmosphere in place, residents in the lower Mississippi Valley are bracing for several hours of severe weather Saturday afternoon and evening, featuring storms capable of producing long track and violent tornadoes.

ABC News reported two more deaths after a tornado ripped through Hamilton, Mississippi.

The MSU Crisis Action Team is investigating reports of damage and evaluating the situation. No injuries were reported there, but officials said several businesses and vehicles were damaged.

The same system caused damage in Columbus, Mississippi.

The threat of severe weather will likely increase throughout the day, the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center said.

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

Franklin, Texas, roughly 125 miles south of Dallas, was nearly entirely flattened by a tornado, according to the Robertson County Sheriff's Office.

The massive storm system that killed several people from Texas to MS is now barreling east, threatening to spawn tornadoes and other catastrophic weather from New England to the Gulf Coast.

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The tree "flattened the auto like a pancake", said Capt. Alton Lenderman of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office.

The storm surge has been made up of a mix of strong winds, heavy rain, flooding and even tornadoes.

He says two people were taken to a hospital with injuries that aren't thought to be life-threatening and that about a dozen others were treated at the scene for minor injuries, including people who had to be extricated from their homes. More than 100,000 people were left without power once the storm hit Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Public Information Officer Glenn Springfield also confirmed to PEOPLE that over the weekend, a 13-year-old boy died in West Monroe, Louisiana, after drowning in a drainage area.

There were reports of multiple injuries in the Robertson County town of Franklin, the NWS said, and CNN affiliate KWTX reported widespread damage there.

As the storm moved into Alabama, a possible tornado knocked out power and damaged mobile homes in Troy, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Montgomery.

A major severe weather outbreak is underway to our southwest.