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.
An eerie sight as this family drove away from a #tornado near the town of Hearne, Texas!
— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) April 14, 2019
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.
Weather service meteorologist Monique Sellers said they’ve received reports of downed trees, as well as damage to buildings and a transmission tower.
Authorities say the large system of storms moving through the southern U.S. caused extensive damage in Franklin, Texas pic.twitter.com/1kyToyu356
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 14, 2019
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.
WATCH—Viewer Discretion Advised
This is the video reportedly shot at BIN 612 in Starkville where we are told college students were told to leave during a tornado warning—despite having a cellar.
— Joel Young, CBM (@WTVAJoel) April 14, 2019
I got you. pic.twitter.com/EDvrRoBkz5
— ashley griffith. (@gryffthdor) April 14, 2019
Getting told to leave by a bar when there was no near shelter locations- when sirens were blaring and doors were locked behind us…. @Bin_612 not acceptable. Honestly scared it could’ve been worse. @Starkville_PD
— Caroline Kelly (@CarolineKelly13) April 14, 2019
Everyone in Starkville and on the campus of Mississippi State University need to be sheltered now! pic.twitter.com/8scZozofFN
— James Spann (@spann) April 14, 2019
I’m sorry I had to delete the video. Those who recorded it requested I do so. That does not excuse the Bin from their actions tonight.
— Aaron Lowery (@ALowWX) April 14, 2019
i was at @Bin_612 tonight when the tornado hit and everyone inside was yelled at by the people working and shoved outside into the storm. i was forced outside when the tornado was hitting campus and had to find another place to seek shelter after getting kicked out. not ok.
— sara beth (@sarabethy97) April 14, 2019
Bin 612 just had the fight of the century.
They kicked 150+ ppl out into tornado that confirmed being touched down 10 Miles away.
We survived but it wasn’t great.
— Richie Long (@RichLong18) April 14, 2019
The BIN 612 was the bar trying to kick people out. Police were throwing people to the ground. #MSwx
— Aaron Lowery (@ALowWX) April 14, 2019
hahahaha @Bin_612 unpublished their Facebook page while receiving basically universal criticism for kicking out bar patrons into an active tornado warning
— Jonathan Thornton (@jonblatho) April 14, 2019
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.
It appears Mississippi State University was spared from a dangerously close tornado this evening. Only seeing reports of trees and power lines down so far. Huge bullet dodged in Starkville.
— Medina StormCast (@MedinaStormCast) April 14, 2019
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.
— Keats Haupt Lewis (@haupt_k) April 14, 2019