100 million people at risk as deadly storms and tornadoes march east

Posted April 15, 2019

They were in the back seat with their parents in the front, Angelina County Sheriff's Department Capt. Alton Lenderman said. Trees were down and at least some minor damage was reported in residential areas east of the campus.

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.

Trees were pulled up by the roots, roofs were torn off buildings and the cinderblock foundation was all that was left of a mobile home in the town, which is southeast of Waco.

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Two children were killed on a back road in East Texas when a pine tree fell onto the vehicle in which they were riding in a severe thunderstorm Saturday near Pollok, about 150 miles (241 kilometers) southeast of Dallas.

At least 4 people were killed - including 2 children - after powerful storms roared through the South on Saturday, spawning multiple tornadoes in several states as the threat for severe weather expands north on Sunday.

Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley said 95-year-old Roy Ratliff died late Saturday when a tornado toppled a tree onto Ratliff's home in the town of Hamilton. Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis said the fatality that was reported was of a woman who died of her critical injuries.

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The National Weather Service said preliminary information showed an EF-3 tornado touched down with winds of 140 miles per hour.

A potent storm system is working toward the region and will bring an increased threat for severe weather later tonight into Sunday. Franklin is about 125 miles (200 kilometres) south of Dallas.

The weather service said preliminary information showed an EF-3 tornado touched down with winds of 140 miles per hour (225.3 kph). Severe storms crossing a big swath of the South, including parts of Louisiana and MS, have knocked out power to thousands and caused some flash flooding. Some people had to be extricated from their homes.

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The forecast of severe weather forced officials at the Masters in Augusta, Ga., to begin the tournament early Sunday, starting threesomes off the first and 10th tees on the day's final round in hopes of finishing in midafternoon before the winds and rains begin.

By late Saturday, the storms were expected to organize into a line as they cross the western border of Mississippi.

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