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15 Apr 2019 | 01:30 AM UTC

US: Severe weather kills eight in southern US April 14 /update 1

United States of America News Alert

Severe weather on April 14 in the southern and eastern US leaves eight dead, dozens injured, nearly 100,000 without power; continued severe thunderstorms and tornadoes expected in eastern US April 14-15

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/13/2019, 12:00 AM until 4/14/2019, 11:59 PM (America/New_York). COUNTRY/REGION United States, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia

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Event

A large cluster of tornado-producing thunderstorms moving across the US killed eight people and injured dozens more on Sunday, April 14, and is expected to continue to produce severe weather into the morning (local time) of Monday, April 15. At least eight people were killed in Texas state in Angelina, Houston, and Cherokee counties and in Mississippi's Monroe county and dozens more injured. Tornadoes across the region damaged or destroyed homes and businesses and an estimated 90,000 people were left without power as of Sunday night.

Further storms are forecast for the eastern US through Sunday night and into Monday morning, particularly in the Mid-Atlantic and Appalachian regions, including Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Heavy rain, possible flooding, damaging winds, tornadoes, and hail are all possible in the coming hours.

Context

Violent thunderstorms and tornadoes are common in the United States from March through June, particularly in the Plains and southeastern states.

Advice

Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate damaging weather and transportation disruptions, including flight delays and cancelations and adverse driving conditions, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, take appropriate precautions in the event of severe weather or tornadoes, and remember that walking or driving through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult.

The safest place to be in a building in the event of a tornado is in the basement or on the ground floor, or in an interior hallway or stairwell. Avoid doors and windows. If a tornado is approaching, crouch face down as low as possible to the floor and cover your head with your hands.

 

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