Published: Wed, April 05, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Storm kills 2 in Louisiana; state put on 'high alert'

Storm kills 2 in Louisiana; state put on 'high alert'

Two people were killed Sunday as a powerful thunderstorm system swept across Texas and Louisiana, spinning off tornadoes, dumping large hail and threatening severe flooding well into the new week. Ginny Higgins says 38-year-old Francine Gotch and 3-year-old Nevaeh Alexander were inside the trailer when the storm caused it flipped over around 10:20 a.m. Sunday.

Severe thunderstorms are expected before 8 p.m. Monday, some of which could be severe, according to the Weather Service.

The possibility of severe weather has postponed a welcome home party for South Carolina's national championship women's basketball team. The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center has placed all of central and southern OH in the Slight to Enhanced risk categories for severe storms.

According to the National Weather Service, the storm front, which is capable of producing tornadoes and extensive straight-line wind damage, was located near Dallas at 11:10 a.m. and moving east at 50 miles per hour. Tuscaloosa and surrounding areas have a slight risk of severe storms, meaning that brief
tornadoes and damaging winds up to 60 miles per hour are possible.

The NWS posted tornado watches for a portion of eastern Texas and most of the two neighboring Gulf states of Louisiana and Mississippi.

He says if storms become severe they'll then utilize the 47 sirens across Columbus to alert people to seek shelter. Partner that with wind shear and strong jet stream winds, it could be the ingredients for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. The system packed heavy rain, large hail and sparked flash flooding.

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By 2AM...the bulk of the rain moves out...and a gradual tapering off of rain is expected thru Sunrise.

While strong to severe storms are still possible across a large part of Alabama today, the severe weather risk has decreased a bit and shifted to the south.

Tens of thousands also lost power in the Peach State as a line of storms moved in late Monday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch effective until 9 p.m. Monday night for upstate SC, including York County. Hail up to the size of baseballs and damaging straight-line winds are also possible.

Forecasters said about 3 inches of rain already had fallen in parts of western Alabama.

Areas from northern Florida to North Carolina will continue to see severe weather through Monday evening, AccuWeather said.

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