Potential for T-storms, heavy rain, strong winds today: National Weather Service

Arturo Kim
April 16, 2019

The Times Gazette reported several homes and businesses were damaged after an apparent tornado struck Shelby, Ohio, Sunday about 4 p.m.

The affected areas will get heavy rains, winds with gusts of up to 70 miles per hour (110 kph) and the possibility of hail, NWS Weather Prediction Center in Maryland said.

"This line is capable of producing damaging winds, large hail and possibly an isolated tornado", the weather service said.

Two children, siblings aged 3 and 8, were killed on Saturday when a tree fell on the auto in which they were sitting in Pollok, Texas, said a spokeswoman for the Angelina County Sheriff's Department.

A microburst "is a localized area of strong straight line winds that descends from a thunderstorm and is less than 2.5 miles in diameter", the weather service said.

Another tornado in MS took the life of 95-year-old Roy Ratliff, after the twister struck his trailer.

Communities were coping Monday with structural damage and power outages and schools have been closed.

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That number was down to about 14,700 shortly before noon, but weather forecasters say it could go up again as the winds pick up.

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.

About 65,000 homes and businesses are without power in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama along the path of storms crossing the region. More than two dozen people were injured and taken to hospitals.

No one was injured as the twister cut a 1 ¾-mile swath near Buffalo Valley in East Buffalo Township, the service said. 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.

It touched down just after 4:40 p.m. southwest of Shelby and traveled 17 miles northeast, almost reaching Ashland County.

Vicksburg, Mississippi, was also affected by a tornado.

A local group is heading to Alto and Franklin to help those impacted by a tornado and severe storms that swept through the state Saturday, killing two children.

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