First Alert Forecast: Strong to severe storms likely today

Eloise Marshall
April 15, 2019

Authorities say about a dozen people in Texas have been injured in powerful storms that have spawned at least one suspected tornado and damaged homes and other property.

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

Franklin, Texas, was the victim of a large preliminary EF-3 tornado which caused winds of 140mph to devastate the town, causing significant damage. Very heavy rain - capable of producing pockets of flash flooding, damaging wind gusts, hail, and even an isolated, short-lived tornado can not be ruled out.

The children, ages 3 and 8, were in the back seat with their parents in the front when the tree fell on their vehicle around 3 p.m., said Angelina County Sheriff's Department Captain Alton Lenderman.

In addition to the potential for tornado development, the strong line of storms will also produce damaging winds and heavy rain, capable of producing flash floods, particularly in Arkansas and parts of MS and Alabama.

A preliminary damage survey showed an EF-3 tornado, with winds up to 140 miles per hour, touched down in Robertson County, the NWS in Fort Worth said.

A deadly storm system is threatening millions of Americans as severe weather now bears down on the East Coast and parts of the Midwest. At least one mobile home was destroyed, throwing a man from the mobile home.

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He said the threat for severe weather is greatest at such times but that the risk remained even after warm temperatures dropped.

Monroe County Road Manager Sonny Clay said a further 19 people have been injured.

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a moderate risk (level 4 out of 5) for severe weather Saturday across parts of the Lower Mississippi Valley.

Residents have reported downed power lines, cars overturned and homes completely destroyed, KBTX reports. A spokeswoman for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said authorities were in Hamilton and could not be reached for confirmation.

Saturday was a particularly destructive day for the storm. "We are just a mess", Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell told the outlet.

"We were hit really, really, hard".

The rash of storms then headed east, where it claimed the life of a Louisiana teen. There are several trees down. This morning, there is a lot of heavy rain moving through Alabama, into Georgia and eastern Tennessee.

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