Storms take aim at Alabama after killing 2 in Louisiana

Posted April 05, 2017

At least five people have died as a severe storm system swept through several Southern states. Storm reports from the National Weather Service suggest the death was caused by straight-line winds, not a tornado, but a survey will be necessary to make the final decision. "It hit the trailer, flipped it and tore its side off".

Numerous trees were reported down in Carroll County, about 30 miles west of Atlanta, and a video posted on Twitter by WSB showed high winds ripping the roof off a fire station.

Higgins said 38-year-old Francine Gotch and 3-year-old Neville Alexander were pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses told KLFY-TV that the father was at the store when the storm hit and returned home to find the bodies amid the splintered debris. The actual cold front itself won't move into the area until early Tuesday morning, so a few more storms are likely to form until then.

"We very seldom reach that level", WIS First Alert Meteorologist Ben Tanner said.

Destructive winds could snap trees, down power lines and cause damage to some structures, the Weather Service said.

A batch of heavy rain is moving across the WBTV viewing area this afternoon.

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Forecasters said about 3 inches of rain already had fallen in parts of western Alabama and the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for the southern end of the state.

"We've got a large territory that these storms are going to be moving across", said Danielle Banks, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel. As those storms shift eastward on Monday, the storms will begin to move from MS across Alabama and into Georgia by Monday afternoon. "There was one resident there at the time, but she received no major injuries", Norman said.

Two new systems of storms are expected to emerge in Oklahoma and Louisiana on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center.

The NWS issued a "particularly risky situation" tornado watch through Sunday evening over a wide area from east Texas through central and northern Louisiana and into west central Mississippi.

The dog and the five members of the of the family were doing fine, Reese said, but the home suffered fire, smoke and water damage.

Parts of SC are under a high risk for severe weather on Wednesday according to the Storm Prediction Center. The center said there is a risk of baseball-sized hail and tornadoes, including strong ones, in those areas. The NWS issued flood, wind, thunderstorm, and tornado watches and warnings throughout the areas expected to be affected.