At least two people died and injuries were reported as strong thunderstorms struck parts of the South over the weekend. The hazardous storms began developing late Saturday night into early Sunday, producing large hail and damaging winds in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Hailstones up to 3.5 inches in diameter were measured near Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Two people died in Texas after this new round of severe weather.
A 41-year-old man was killed in Longview, Texas, Saturday night after a tree collapsed on top of his mobile home. His 12-year-old son was rescued from the scene and taken to the hospital. The boy’s condition is unknown.
Officials in Marion County, Texas, confirmed the death of a 40-year-old woman Sunday. The body was discovered at the campground surrounding the Lake O’ the Pines reservoir after a tree landed on her tent.
Officials have determined that the damage in the area where the death occurred was caused by straight-line winds. The 80-90 mph downburst snapped or uprooted numerous trees, which fell on campers, tents and vehicles, injuring seven people as well as causing the one fatality.
A possible tornado in Bentonia, Mississippi, destroyed several barns and sheds, tore the roof off an old school, damaged at least six homes and downed numerous trees.
In Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, an EF2 tornado flipped a trailer. Debris was found several miles down the road, and while several people inside the home were hospitalized, they were grateful to survive the storm:
“I woke up, I think to the house shaking,” told Trey Armand, who lives in the house. “A few seconds later, the house started flipping. Everything was dark. It was windy and I pulled everybody out of the house and we just sat in the car for about an hour.”
Meanwhile, the third Nor’easter in 11 days, winter storm Skylar, is hitting the US east coast, knocking out power to 65,000 customers in Kentucky and West Virginia Monday and interrupting traffic – more than 1,000 flights were preemptively canceled for Tuesday and Amtrak service suspended from Boston to New York.