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

Nellie Chapman
April 14, 2019

Several buildings have been damaged after a tornado-warned storm moved through Franklin.

Hamilton, Mississippi, is 140 miles (225 kilometers) southwest of Memphis, Tennessee.

Tornadoes at that time can be especially risky since they are hard to see and people are less likely to receive warnings while they're asleep.

The storms are part of a large system moving through the southern United States, knocking out power to thousands and causing some flash flooding.

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

"The storm is so vigorous that tornadoes are still possible after dark", Myers said.

One thunderstorm cell near Columbus Air Force Base in MS has a potential "debris ball" signature on radar, which indicates the potential for significant tornado damage that can be detected by radar, he said.

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Local authorities say the intense tornado that struck the Central Texas town of Franklin destroyed 55 homes, a church, four businesses, a duplex and part of the local housing authority building.

At least one mobile home was destroyed, throwing a man from the mobile home.

Tornado warnings remained in effect on Sunday for southeastern Alabama's Barbour and Russell counties, Oravec said.

Police in Monroe County earlier described the destruction from the storm Saturday evening.

Two children, ages 3 and 8, were killed when a tree fell on their auto as storms hammered east Texas. Tournament organizers have moved up tee times for Sunday because of the storm threat.

In East Texas, authorities say two children were killed when high winds toppled a tree onto the back of the family vehicle while it was in motion. The children, ages 8 and 3, were dead at the scene, although both parents, who were in the front seat, escaped injury, he said.

The weather service said preliminary information showed an EF-3 tornado touched down with winds of 140 miles per hour (225.3 kph). Widespread severe thunderstorms have pounded areas to our West Saturday night. Trees were down throughout the hilly city on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi.

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