13 Tornados Reported across Several statess, Bar Kicks People Out During Storm

4 Dead, Several People Hurt in Strong Texas Storms, Bar Kicks People Out during Storm

April 14, 2019– Mary Greeley News –Two children died what a tree fell on their car.

At least 13 tornadoes from Texas to Mississippi Saturday into Sunday morning.

The Angelina County Sheriff’s Office said an 8-year-old and a 3-year-old died when strong winds toppled a tree onto the back of their family’s car in Lufkin while it was driving. Capt. Alton Lenderman said the parents, who were in the front seats, were not injured.

In Central Texas, Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak told The Associated Press a tornado hit the small city of Franklin, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences. Franklin is located about 125 miles south of Dallas.

The National Weather Service said preliminary information showed an EF-3 tornado touched down with winds of 140 mph (225.3 kph). Crews will continue to survey the damage over the next few days.

One person died overnight in Monroe County, Mississippi, as a reported tornado ripped through Hamilton, about 45 miles northeast of the campus of Mississippi State University.

In Alto, Texas, 25 people attending a field day were transported to a local hospital with injuries. More than 150,000 customers were without power across five states — Texas, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana — on Sunday morning.

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Weather service meteorologist Monique Sellers said they’ve received reports of downed trees, as well as damage to buildings and a transmission tower.

The storms are part of a large system moving through the southern United States, knocking out power to thousands and causing some flash flooding. The weather service said the system is expected to shift to the Ohio Valley and the Southeast on Sunday. More than 140,000 customers remained without power in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas late Saturday.

Meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister touched down Saturday in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, area. No injuries have been reported, but officials said several businesses and vehicles were damaged. Trees were down throughout the hilly city on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi.

Heavy rains and storms continued to rake the Magnolia State into the night, with Mississippi State University’s 21,000 students huddling in basements and hallways as a tornado came near the school’s campus in Starkville.


University spokesman Sid Salter said some debris, possibly carried by the tornado, was found on campus, but no injuries were reported, and no buildings were damaged. Trees were down and at least some minor structural damage was reported in residential areas east of the campus.

Winds of up to 60 mph (96.56 kph) were reported in Cherokee County, Texas, damaging two homes in Alto but not injuring anyone. Alto is situated about 140 miles north of Houston.


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