Strong Storms in US South Kill at Least 8 and Injure Dozens

Posted April 16, 2019

Tornados, wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour and pounding hail remained threats early Monday from eastern NY and into New England, as the remnants of a deadly weekend storm push out to sea, the National Weather Service said.

The watch includes Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Wyoming and Livingston counties.

A tornado watch has been issued for the Lehigh Valley and all of New Jersey through 7 a.m. Monday as a line of strong storms sweeps through from the west. The line was supposed to move across Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties around that time.

The storm surge has been made up of a mix of strong winds, heavy rain, flooding and even tornadoes. There were no immediate reports of injuries there.

As a result of the storm organizers for the Masters golf tournament at Georgia's Augusta National Golf Club moved up tee times Sunday. And at least three weak tornadoes struck Alabama on Sunday.

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The Storm Prediction Center has placed most of the state, including central Maryland, under an enhanced risk for severe storms.

Portions of Chicago saw some snow and while it began slowing down Sunday afternoon, the weather service said snow-covered surfaces may pile up to an inch of snow.

The tree "flattened the vehicle like a pancake", said Captain Alton Lenderman of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office.

Mississippi's Monroe County was also hit hard, as multiple homes as well as the local fire station were destroyed, reported CNN.

The fatal incident occurred in Angelina County.

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Over the weekend, four people died in Texas, two in Louisiana, one in MS and another in Alabama.

ABC News reported two more deaths after a tornado ripped through Hamilton, Mississippi.

The roof of a hotel in New Albany, Mississippi, was damaged, although the cause was unclear. The children, ages 8 and 3, were dead at the scene, while both parents, who were in the front seat, escaped injury, he said.

The tornado threat will be lower by then, but damaging winds could still present hazardous conditions.

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