Severe storms Friday to batter East Coast from D.C. to Florida

Elias Hubbard
April 20, 2019

"We were hit really, really, hard".

The main threat for the Midlands region is possible wind gusts over 60 miles per hour. That outbreak damaged more than 250 homes, businesses and public buildings across Mississippi. Some people were salvaging belongings from destroyed homes and loading them into vehicles.

Damage from the storm system was reported in at least 24 of Mississippi's 82 counties. In South Carolina, authorities urged motorists to avoid part of Interstate 26 - the main artery from Upstate through Columbia and all the way to Charleston - because downed trees had left the roadway scattered with debris.

A tornado watch is in effect for all areas until midnight.

A tree fell onto a house in Woodville, Florida, south of Tallahassee, killing the girl and injuring a 12-year-old boy, according to the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office said the 12-year-old boy had injuries that were not life-threatening and was with his families. Stephens did not immediately release the man's name.

Severe thunderstorms capable of widespread damaging winds and a few tornadoes will shift across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast states Friday, the National Weather Service said.

Utilities report about 13,000 customers without power across central Louisiana and another 10,000 without power in southwest Mississippi.

A tree came down on an apartment complex in an Atlanta suburb. The highest threat exists from the Carolinas into New England, it said.

"We'll have several wind reports that could produce wind damage", FOX8 MAX Weather Chief Meteorologist Van Denton said. But he said radar readings appear to show a tornado formed in Franklin County, which is south of Roanoke.

The National Weather Service issued a series of tornado warnings about a front pushing eastward from Texas on Thursday.

The Jackson Zoo will be closed Friday due to damage caused by the weather, WLBT reported. The storms have also knocked down trees and power lines.

Storms roaring through the South have smashed a daily record for rainfall in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The weather service said it is monitoring possible severe thunderstorms that may be organizing.

The storm left at least two people dead in MS, a state still reeling from last weekend's tornadoes.

It's now rumbling through Georgia.

Severe storms are likely today from Pennsylvania to Florida, with the harshest weather visiting Virginia and the Carolinas.

The Grand Strand and Pee Dee areas could see "widespread damaging winds of 50-70 miles per hour, isolated destructive wind gusts above 70mph and isolated tornadoes this afternoon and evening", according to Weather Service forecasters in Wilmington.

The National Weather Service in Raleigh, North Carolina, says that "torrential downpours", large hail and a few tornadoes are among the hazards.

Schools and colleges sent students home early across much of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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