Storm system heading to Alabama produces tornado near MS State

Jo Lloyd
April 15, 2019

A pine tree lies across what remains of a trailer on Center Hill Road outside of Hamilton, Miss., after a deadly storm moved through the area on Sunday.

Franklin, Texas, roughly 125 miles south of Dallas, was nearly entirely flattened by a tornado, according to the Robertson County Sheriff's Office.

There were reports of multiple injuries, the NWS said, and KBTX-TV reported widespread damage. Most of our area is under a Slight Risk (2 out 5) for severe storms.

A preliminary damage survey showed an EF-3 tornado, with winds up to 140 miles per hour, touched down in Robertson County, the NWS in Fort Worth said.

Storms hammered east Texas on Saturday, with two children killed when a tree fell on a auto, authorities said. Rain and storms increase late this afternoon and evening as a dynamic system pushes across the South. Storms will be capable of producing damaging wind, large hail, tornadoes and flash flooding.

The storm system's death toll rose to at least five on Sunday, when authorities reported the death of a Texas woman whose mobile home was destroyed Saturday night. 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.

Tornado warnings remained in effect on Sunday for southeastern Alabama's Barbour and Russell counties, Oravec said. "Additional heavy rain from multiple rounds of thunderstorms is expected this evening and overnight".

Forecasters in central Texas reported a possible twister Saturday in Robertson County, near Hearne and Franklin. Trees were down throughout the hilly city on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi.

"The storm is so vigorous that tornadoes are still possible after dark", Myers said.

On Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service stated "a tornado has been confirmed in far western Franklin County, AL (near Pleasant Site), though the total path length and EF-rating is yet to be determined".

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