Tornado damage reported in Monroe County

Nellie Chapman
April 15, 2019

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. At least eight were critically hurt.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said "damaging wind gusts" could be caused by an isolated tornado.

The Storm Prediction Center says trees and power lines are down in Brewton near the Florida line, and some power is out.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that a hospital clinic, some apartments, several storage units, a mechanic's shop and the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department all had major damage from the tornado.

Tornado warnings have been issued in OH and SC on Sunday afternoon and a tornado watch has been issued in Virginia.

The storm's cold front brought snow to Chicago on Sunday, with 1 to 3 inches (2.5-7.6 cm) reported in central IL.

"They were at the wrong place at the wrong time", Capt. Alton Lenderman of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office told The New York Times.

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Flash flooding in Bawcomville, Louisiana led to the death of a 13-year-old boy, who was found drowned in a drainage canal. More than 140,000 customers remained without power in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas late Saturday.

Powerful storms that killed at least two people continued to move across the South on Sunday after spawning suspected tornadoes that left several people injured and multiple homes and businesses damaged or without power.

There was widespread damage in Alto, a town of about 1,200, and the school district canceled classes until its buildings can be deemed safe.

The same system caused damage in Columbus, Mississippi.

Heavy rains and storms raked the Magnolia State into the night, then moved into Alabama.

"The biggest impact rush hour-wise probably will be Boston, around 7 to 8 o'clock in the morning, and around New York City around 5 or 6 o'clock, before sunrise", NWS meteorologist Bob Oravec said.

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