Several buildings damaged, trailer homes flipped in severe storm

Theresa Obrien
April 15, 2019

At least 11 tornadoes have touched down in three different states as a result of a stronger-than-usual storm system.

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.

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

Falls County officials said that agencies would be reporting to Robertson County to assist after reports of people trapped, several injuries and damaged buildings. South Mississippi in under a slight and enhanced risk for severe storms, which is a level 2 and 3 out of 5 for the probability of severe weather occurring within 25 miles of your location.

The tornado watch is valid until 3 a.m. Monday, April 15.

Suspected tornadoes were also reported in northern Shelby County stretching down to American Village near Montevallo.

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"Damaging winds appear to be the greatest threat on Sunday, but tornadoes will also be possible", CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said.

The storm damaged a roof of a hotel in New Albany, Mississippi, and Mississippi State University's 21,000 students huddled in basements and hallways as a tornado neared the campus in Starkville.

In East Texas, authorities say two children were killed when high winds toppled a tree onto the back of the family auto while it was in motion.

A third child, Sebastian Omar Martinez, 13, drowned late on Saturday when he fell into a drainage ditch fill with flash floodwaters near Monroe, Louisiana, said Deputy Glenn Springfield of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office.

Severe storms will take aim at Maryland Sunday night.

"It looks like a storm came up through Louisiana and into MS and exploded in Monroe County", Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said. Trees were down throughout the hilly city on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi. A possible tornado knocked out power and left damage in Troy, about 50 miles (80 kilometres) south of Montgomery. The weather service said the system is expected to shift to the Ohio Valley and the Southeast on Sunday.

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