Severe storms lash southern US, five dead

Published on : Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Victoria Transport stumped as wild storm paralyses normal lifeSevere storms lashed the South for the second day on Monday consecutively claiming five lives.

 
Portions of Georgia, Florida and South Carolina remained under a tornado watch early Monday evening. Eight tornadoes were reported in Georgia on Monday, the Storm Prediction Center said, but no injuries or fatalities were reported.

 
Areas from northern Florida to North Carolina were forecast to see severe weather through Monday evening. The storms will bring the risk of large hail, isolated tornadoes and flash flooding.

 
Severe weather killed two people in Mississippi late Sunday and early Monday, including a woman who was directing rescuers to her submerged car when she died in Florence, the Associated Press said. Rankin County Coroner David Ruth says 52-year-old Jacqueline Williams ran off a road in Florence into a rain-swollen creek early Monday and dialled 911 from the sinking vehicle.

 
The two lost contact, and Ruth said a swift-water recovery team later found Williams’ body in the creek outside the car. A woman also died in Glendora, Miss., when strong winds knocked a large tree onto her house Sunday night.

 
A mother, Francine Gotchand, and her three-year-old daughter, Nevaeh Alexander, were killed on Sunday in Breaux Bridge, La., when a tornado flipped their mobile home.

 
Thousands of people remained without power Monday across the South, and scores of Alabama schools closed because of the threat from strong storms.

 

On Sunday, there were 11 reports of tornadoes in Texas and Louisiana, the Storm Prediction Center said.

 
The St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana said the tornado that killed two people in Breaux Bridge roared near but did not damage several other homes and a high school, Maj. Ginny Higgins said.

 

“It was a tragedy that could have been even worse,” Higgins told USA TODAY. “We are very much on edge. I hate the spring because we always have these awful storms.”

 
After Monday’s storms move offshore, more storms could hit the region Wednesday and Thursday. The tornado was rated an EF-1, with peak winds of 110 mph, the National Weather Service said. It was on the ground for nearly 1 mile.

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