Powerful storm hits Franklin, Texas, causing widespread damage today

James Marshall
April 15, 2019

In East Texas, two children were killed when a pine tree fell onto the back of the vehicle in which they were riding in a severe thunderstorm Saturday.

The Angelina County Sheriff's Office said there were other downed trees and power lines from the storm, according to CBS 11.

The entire town of Franklin and neighboring Bremond lost electricity, with power expected to be restored Saturday night.

To the north, dime-sized hail pounded the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The system is expected to arrive in Georgia later on Sunday, which prompted the Masters Tournament to move up all tee times for the final round in hopes of finishing the golfing event before the storms arrive.

The powerful system will create the potential for life-threatening winds, strong tornadoes and large hail. Damage also has been reported near Satartia, Mississippi, from the storms.

There is an enhanced risk for severe weather on Sunday from Georgia to OH, including Atlanta; Charlotte; and Charleston, West Virginia.

Roy Ratliff, 95, died after a tree crashed onto his trailer in northeastern Mississippi, Monroe County Road Manager Sonny Clay said at a news conference, adding that a tornado had struck.

In addition to the severe weather threat, storms will bring torrential rainfall over parts of Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi.

The storms most capable of producing tornadoes and large hail will be the individual, rotating cells that form ahead of a larger complex of thunderstorms.

In Hamilton, Mississippi, 72-year-old Robert Scott said he had been sleeping in his recliner late Saturday when he was awakened and found himself in his yard after a tornado ripped most of his home off its foundation. The storm system will continue moving east through MS and into Alabama - which had a deadly tornado last month - overnight Saturday and into Sunday morning.

Buildings Troy, AL, were damaged after what may have been a tornado to hit the area Sunday afternoon.

Tornadoes at that time can be especially risky since they are hard to see and people are less likely to receive warnings while they're asleep.

There is a moderate risk for severe weather from Lufkin, Texas, to Jackson, Mississippi, including much of northern Louisiana.

(ABC News) The threat for severe weather moves into the Appalachians on Sunday.

The risk will slowly diminish as the system begins to weaken Sunday evening.

Georgia's Augusta National Golf Club is included in the slight risk area Sunday as the Masters concludes.

The storms are expected to move through the Augusta area during the afternoon and evening. The main threat will be straight-line, damaging winds.

Either way, it could make for a delayed and an interesting end to the four-day tournament.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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