Million People at Risk as Deadly Storms and Tornadoes March East

Lester Mason
April 15, 2019

Powerful storms that killed at least three people swept across the U.S. South on Sunday after spawning suspected tornadoes that left more than 20 people injured and multiple homes and businesses damaged or without power.

The children, ages 3 and 8, were killed when a tree fell on a vehicle Saturday. More than 140,000 customers lost power in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas as of late Saturday. On Saturday morning, the storm system dropped hail ranging from the size of golf balls to baseballs on San Antonio.

As the storms moved through, several tornado warnings were issued by the National Weather Service between 11PM Saturday night and 3:30 Sunday morning.

Both lines of storms are capable of producing damaging wind gusts, isolated hail and even a tornado or two.

Damage was reported early Saturday evening in Vicksburg, Mississippi, as severe thunderstorms rumbled through the city.

CNN affiliate KWTX reported widespread damage in the Robertson County town of Franklin, including uprooted trees and roofs ripped off buildings.

Over the weekend, a total of 17 tornadoes were reported hitting states from Texas to Alabama, the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center Bob Oravec told Reuters.

He said the threat for severe weather is greatest at such times.

Texas is seeing the beginning of the unsafe and severe storms forecast to slam parts of the Southeast and Ohio River Valley this weekend.

About two hours north of Franklin, dime-sized hail pelted the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

But "the storm is so vigorous that tornadoes are still possible after dark", he said.

Forecasters in central Texas reported a possible twister Saturday in Robertson County, near Hearne and Franklin. We have a lot of flooding, there are several trees down.

At Georgia's Augusta National Golf Club, organizers of The Masters golf tournament moved up tee times Sunday to try to beat risky weather.

A man looks at a piece of wood that was blown through the windshield of his daughters truck in Hamilton, Miss., after a storm moved through the area Sunday, April 14, 2019.

Heavy rains and storms raked MS into the night Saturday as the storms moved east.

While the threat of tornadoes will be lower by then, damaging winds could still bring perilous conditions.

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