Published: Mon, April 15, 2019

Strong storms in US South kill at least 8 and injure dozens

Strong storms in US South kill at least 8 and injure dozens

The Times Gazette reported several homes and businesses were damaged after an apparent tornado struck Shelby, Ohio, Sunday about 4 p.m.

The National Weather Service said a tornado touched down near Shelby Sunday afternoon.

More than 79,000 homes and businesses were without power in Virginia, according to the tracking site PowerOutage.US, with 89,000 more outages reported across Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan, Maryland and NY. No fatalities were reported.

No injuries have been reported, according to the Richland County Sheriff's Office.

The same system caused damage in Columbus, Mississippi.

National Weather Service meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister touched down in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, area.

In another storm death nearby, an unidentified victim's body was trapped in a vehicle submerged in floodwaters in Calhoun, Louisiana, Springfield said.

"Some storms may also produce large hail or torrential downpours resulting in localized flash flooding", the weather service tweeted.

The next round of severe weather, including tornadoes, damaging winds and hail, is expected to start later this week when a potent storm moves from the Rockies into the Central Plains. Two people were hospitalized for injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening, while others were treated at the scene, Yezak said. Alto is situated about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of Houston.

Trees were pulled from the ground by their roots and the tornado caused structural damage to buildings including tearing off roofs.

Two children, siblings aged three and eight, were killed on Saturday when a tree fell on the auto in which they were sitting in Pollok, Texas, a spokeswoman for the Angelina County Sheriff's Department said. The parents in the front seats were not hurt.

This story has been corrected to show Hamilton, Mississippi is about 140 miles southwest of Memphis, Tennessee, not 60 miles.

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