Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

At least 8 die from strong storms in South

At least 8 die from strong storms in South

The storm system picked up strength in the U.S. South over the weekend, where it spurred tornadoes that killed at least five people, including three children, officials said.

In Texas, a woman died when her mobile home was destroyed and two children were killed when a tree fell on a auto.

Davis said the strong winds and downed trees that were reported in several counties were likely caused by a very strong squall line, a narrow band of thunderstorms. Capt. Alton Lenderman said the parents, who were in the front seats, were not injured. "The tree fell just as they were going under it".

Franklin, Texas was heavily damaged with almost 60 buildings destroyed, local authorities say, including around 55 homes and several public buildings.

A preliminary damage survey showed an EF-3 tornado, with winds up to 140 miles per hour, touched down in Robertson County, the NWS in Fort Worth said. A mobile home community was damaged, but no injuries were reported. A spokeswoman for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said authorities were in Hamilton and could not be reached for confirmation.

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

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The Times Gazette reported several homes and businesses were damaged after an apparent tornado struck Shelby, Ohio, Sunday about 4 p.m. local time. Nine people were taken to emergency rooms across the state, four of whom were admitted to the hospital.

Flooding has also been reported.

As the storm moved into Alabama, a possible tornado knocked out power and damaged mobile homes in Troy, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Montgomery.

A county employee in Alabama died after being struck by a vehicle while he was helping clear away trees toppled by the storm.

As a result of the storm organizers for the Masters golf tournament at Georgia's Augusta National Golf Club moved up tee times Sunday.

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