At least four people have reportedly been killed, including three children, in powerful storms that hit the southern United States, bringing strong winds and heavy rainfall.
A three-year-old and an eight-year-old died after a tree fell onto the back of their family car in Lufkin, Texas, NBC News said. Their parents who were in the front were uninjured,
In West Monroe, Louisiana, a 13-year-old boy drowned in a drainage canal in what officials believe was a weather-related incident, the report said.
Streets had been closed in the city and a flood warning was issued for the area.
A fourth person who died in the storms was a woman killed by weather-related debris near Weches in Houston County, Texas.
On my way to Franklin with my youngest son for his Select Ball tournament, which turned into a storm chase. Was too far behind to get to the Franklin tornado, but did see some funnel clouds w/another supercell that blew up SE of the Franklin storm. Pray for those impacted. pic.twitter.com/2DqDEHA9Ys
— Neil Sanger (@Doc_Sanger) April 13, 2019
In Franklin, Texas, a tornado with winds up to 140mph overturned mobile homes and damaged other properties, injuring about a dozen people.
NBC quoted Robertson County emergency management coordinator Billy Huggins as saying: “A strip of homes on the other side of town over here are completely gone, just gone, everything is gone.”
He added: “To this small town of Franklin, it’s very devastating. How we’re going to get people help to restore their homes that don’t have insurance or what have you, it’s going to be pretty difficult.
“It’s going to be a little difficult putting it back together, but we’ll do it.”
There was also a suspected tornado in Alto, Texas, which injured several people.
The storms were part of a large system that was moving through the southern US, knocking out power to thousands of homes and causing some flash flooding.
The US weather service said the system was expected to shift to the Ohio Valley and the southeast US on Sunday.
More than 140,000 customers remained without power in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas late on Saturday.
Source: SKY NEWS