Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Dead as Storms Continue Across the Southern US

Dead as Storms Continue Across the Southern US

No fatalities were reported.

One person was left dead during a Native American cultural event in Alto, Texas, and another person was killed in Houston County's Weches.

A man has been killed after a tornado struck his town in MS, in the United States, authorities say. Franklin is about 125 miles (200 kilometres) south of Dallas.

According to the National Weather Service, the tornado was rain-wrapped and moved through Milam into Robertson County.

It destroyed 55 homes, a church, four businesses, a duplex, and part of the local housing authority building, authorities said. Some people had to be extricated from damaged dwellings. Rain and storms increase late this afternoon and evening as a dynamic system pushes across the South. Storms will be capable of producing damaging wind, large hail, tornadoes and flash flooding.

"It looks like a storm came up through Louisiana and into MS and exploded in Monroe County", Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell told CNN. Power outages were wide spread throughout the path of the storm, with 35,824 without power in Texas, 16,160 in Louisiana, 24,029 in Missouri, 27,877 in MS, 10,543 in Alabama and 12,170 in Georgia, according to PowerOutage.US.

"We're living, and God has blessed us", Scott, a retired manager for a grocery store meat department, said Sunday as neighbors helped him salvage his belongings.

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a moderate risk (level 4 out of 5) for severe weather Saturday across parts of the Lower Mississippi Valley. No injuries have been reported, but officials said several businesses and vehicles were damaged.

The same system caused damage in Columbus, Mississippi. Trees were down and at least some minor structural damage was reported in residential areas east of the campus.

Public Information Officer Glenn Springfield also confirmed to PEOPLE that over the weekend, a 13-year-old boy died in West Monroe, Louisiana, after drowning in a drainage area.

Separately, one person died in a vehicle submerged in floodwaters in Calhoun, Louisiana.

Storms have now moved out of North Alabama and the tornado watch from the early morning hours has expired. The man, whose name was not immediately released, died after being taken to a hospital.

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

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