Storm system heading to Alabama produces tornado near MS State

Christopher Davidson
April 15, 2019

No injuries were reported, but officials reported damage to several businesses and vehicles.

A twister hit Vicksburg, Mississippi early Saturday evening. In nearby Cherokee County, winds of up to 60 mph damaged two homes in the town of Alto, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of Houston.

The storms produced additional tornadoes throughout Louisiana and MS on Saturday night as the storm moved east threatening the upper Ohio Valley and central Appalachians to the upper Gulf Coast on Sunday, before moving to the mid-Atlantic. They were in the back seat with their parents in the front, said Angelina County Sheriff's Department Capt. Alton Lenderman.

MS saw heavy rains and flooding, and in the Vicksburg area, about a 45-minute drive from Jackson, a possible tornado touched down, according to NWS meteorologist John Moore.

Tournament organizers have moved up tee times for Sunday because of the storm threat. At least one mobile home was destroyed, throwing a man from the mobile home.

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

"It looks like a storm came up through Louisiana and into MS and exploded in Monroe County", Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell told CNN.

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A line of powerful storms with heavy winds is expected to batter the New Orleans metro area Saturday night into Sunday morning, the National Weather Service said.

The large storm system also knocked out power to thousands and caused flash floods.

According to the National Weather Service, the tornado was rain-wrapped and moved through Milam into Robertson County. Some people had to be extricated from their homes.

Public Information Officer Glenn Springfield also confirmed to PEOPLE that over the weekend, a 13-year-old boy died in West Monroe, Louisiana, after drowning in a drainage area.

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 rash of storms then headed east, where it claimed the life of a Louisiana teen. There is still a potential for storms to be severe but not everyone will see rain or storms today.

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