U.S. mid-Atlantic: Strong storms leave thousands without power

Lester Mason
April 15, 2019

Three children were among the dead.

The tree "flattened the vehicle like a pancake", said Captain Alton Lenderman of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office. Earlier, two children died in East Texas after a tree fell on their moving vehicle.

More than 79,000 homes and businesses were without power in Virginia, according to the tracking site PowerOutage.US, with 89,000 more outages reported across Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan, Maryland and NY. A fire station in Conklin suffered structural damage, and numerous trees and wires were down along Highway 7, the weather service reported.

In neighboring Houston County, the sheriff's office has confirmed one person was killed in Weches, some 6 miles (10 kilometers) southwest of Caddo Mound.

Video from the area showed damage to houses with roofs ripped off.

In North Texas, The Dallas Morning News reported hail, ranging from pea-sized to baseball-sized, falling throughout the region.

As the storm moved east, one person was killed by a tornado in the northern MS, according to Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley.

Two children, siblings aged three and eight, were killed on Saturday when a tree fell on the auto in which they were sitting in Pollok, Texas, said a spokeswoman for the Angelina County Sheriff's Department. At least 19 others were injured and taken to hospitals for treatment, the AP reports.

"Some storms may also produce large hail or torrential downpours resulting in localized flash flooding", the weather service tweeted.

In Jefferson County, a county worker was killed early Sunday when he was hit by a vehicle while trying to clear a downed tree from the roadway.

The forecast of severe weather forced officials at the Masters in Augusta, Georgia, to start the final round of the tournament early on Sunday in order to finish in midafternoon before it began raining.

Residents of the southern part of nearby Frederick County, Maryland, face an even stronger tornado warning, and are encouraged to seek shelter and keep windows shut. According to AccuWeather, regions from OH to Pennsylvania and southern NY to northern Florida are at risk of damaging winds and flash flooding.

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