Powerful, deadly storms sweep across the South

Clay Curtis
April 15, 2019

The Robertson County Sheriff's Office said that the tornado was spotted near FM 485, 1644, and FM 46. Three children were among the dead.

The National Weather Service said preliminary information showed an EF-3 tornado touched down with winds of 140 miles per hour. Trees were pulled up by the roots, roofs torn off buildings and the cinder block foundation was all that was left of a mobile home in the town, which is southeast of Waco.

The entire town of Franklin and neighboring Bremond lost electricity, with 3,088 customers without power early Sunday.

To the north, dime-sized hail pounded the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Damaging winds and other severe weather threats are more likely during a line of storms forecast to pass through during the overnight hours, they said.

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.

And Sunday, an enhanced risk (level 3 out of 5) stretches from Atlanta to Cleveland.

About 90 million people are under the gun for destructive weather Sunday, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said.

The large storm system also knocked out power to thousands and caused flash floods.

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Starting out with hit and miss storms this morning, storms should remain below severe limits early but that all changes later today.

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

The energy from warm afternoon temperatures will diminish, but the risk for tornadoes will not be over.

But "the storm is so vigorous that tornadoes are still possible after dark", he said.

Tornadoes at that time can be especially risky since they are hard to see and people are less likely to receive warnings while they're asleep. The 13-year-old boy drowned in a drainage area in West Monroe late Saturday afternoon, the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office said. "Greatest risk near Ohio River Valley and S. Appalachia", CNN Meteorologist Derek Van Dam.

The biggest threat with the storms will be damaging winds with the possibility of a tornado.

Tornado watches are already in place across parts of the region and the potent storm system has already been producing strong tornadoes in eastern Texas.

Soaking rains could snarl Monday morning's commute on the East Coast before the storm moves off to sea.

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