Storms in South kill girl in Florida, bring tornado threat

Saul Bowman
April 21, 2019

Damage reports are coming in after a cold front triggered a powerful line of storms that prompted numerous tornado warnings for parts of Virginia Friday.

Earlier in the week, a Texas couple got the shock of their life, when a massive tree that used to provide shade for their home, fell in the middle of the night.

The Jackson Zoo will be closed due to damage caused by the weather, WLBT reported.

In Forsyth County northeast of Atlanta, three firefighters suffered minor injuries when their firetruck overturned during heavy rain and wind, Fire Department Division Chief Jason Shivers told the newspaper.

The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center issued a tornado watch for parts of the mid-Atlantic, including Washington, until midnight. A possible tornado was reported by the Columbia County Emergency Manager, southwest of Lake City. The storms have also knocked down trees and power lines.

Thursday's downpour caused flash flooding and prompted the closure of several schools in Pulaski and Saline counties.

Radar readings appeared to show a tornado formed in western Virginia's Franklin County, south of Roanoke, though damage on the ground still must be assessed, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Phil Hysell.

More than 130 instances of severe weather were reported Thursday in the Southeast, including 10 tornado reports in Mississippi.

A second wave of tornadoes and thunderstorms to hit the US South and Midwest this week turned deadly yesterday with three people reported killed, as the storms pushed eastward today, officials and media accounts said. The region includes the Charlotte, North Carolina metro area. Two people were fishing on a boat when heavy rains began to fall, and they made a decision to head in, according to Brian Remines of the Susquehanna Hose Co.

Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, killing two Mississippi drivers and a woman in Alabama while leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.

The threat came days after more than 40 tornadoes from East Texas to Georgia left at least nine dead. Wind gusts in excess of 70 miles per hour are possible, as are tornadoes and flash flooding.Farther north, the same system will deliver heavy rain from Virginia to ME, which could see more than 3 inches in some areas.

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