New Severe Thunderstorm Watch in north Georgia

Michele Stevens
April 15, 2019

"Damaging winds and some hail are also associated with these storms pushing through the Southeast this morning", Brink said.

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. The children, ages 3 and 8, were killed when a tree fell on a auto Saturday.

Almost 90,000 customers were without electricity in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Georgia as of midday Sunday, according to www.poweroutage.us as the severe weather left a trail of destruction.

About 100 miles northeast of Franklin, at least one suspected tornado swept through an outdoor event at the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site.

Winds expected to clock in at 40 miles per hour are headed toward New Orleans and surrounding areas as intense thunderstorms make their way east, forecasters said.

In neighboring Houston County, the sheriff's office said one person was killed in Weches, 6 miles southwest of Caddo Mound.

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

To the north, dime-sized hail pounded the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

On Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service stated "a tornado has been confirmed in far western Franklin County, AL (near Pleasant Site), though the total path length and EF-rating is yet to be determined". Earlier, two children died in East Texas after a tree fell on their moving vehicle. Another 19 were taken to hospitals, including two who were in critical condition. In addition to tornadoes, many of these storms featured heavy rain, large hail and damaging winds.

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.

Residents in parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia Georgia and Florida were encouraged to monitor weather bulletins throughout Sunday and to secure loose outdoor items.

"We'll be seeing severe weather from Florida to NY, with the most unstable parts so far in Georgia", said meteorologist David Roth of the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center. 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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