Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Storms leave deaths, damage and injuries in their wake

Storms leave deaths, damage and injuries in their wake

Over the weekend, a total of 17 tornadoes were reported hitting states from Texas to Alabama, the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center Bob Oravec told Reuters.

In a preliminary damage report, the National Weather Service assigned the tornado an EF-3 rating, saying peak winds reached around 140 miles per hour in Franklin.

According to The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang, the potential for isolated tornadoes also exists and could affect the Mid-Atlantic region. So far, no injuries have been reported in Vicksburg.

John Moore, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Jackson, says a twister was reported Saturday in the Vicksburg area of MS and was indicated on radar. At least two tornado warnings had been issued in areas of Pennsylvania as of 1 a.m.

"It looks like a storm came up through Louisiana and into MS and exploded in Monroe County", Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell told CNN.

Temperatures will fall into the lower 50s this afternoon, the weather service said.

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.

The storm system's first two victims were two children in east Texas.

A wave of severe storms moved across the Tennessee Valley early Sunday morning, leaving behind damage in many communities. Trees were toppled and minor damage was reported in residential areas east of the campus. At least 30 people were reportedly injured and killed, including some soldiers, who were hit with flying debris.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that a hospital clinic, some apartments, several storage units, a mechanic's shop and the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department all had major damage from the tornado.

Powerful storms that killed at least three people swept across the U.S. South on Sunday after spawning suspected tornadoes that left more than 20 people injured and multiple homes and businesses damaged or without power. Mississippi State University's 21,000 students huddled in basements and hallways as a tornado came near the school's campus in Starkville.

"This is a risky situation not to be taken lightly", the weather service tweeted.

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