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In case you missed it: Deadly tornadoes wreak havoc across southern US; 5 inches of snow coats Chicago

By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
April 20, 2019, 1:45:10 AM EDT


An outbreak of severe weather erupted across the southern and eastern United States last weekend, killing at least nine people and injuring dozens of others.

The storms spawned more than 40 tornadoes in eight states from Texas to Pennsylvania.

The nine fatalities included three children after severe weather slammed the South and mid-Atlantic.

In Pollock, Texas, two children were killed after a tree fell crushed the vehicle they were riding in during a severe thunderstorm. According to Angelina County Sheriff’s Captain Alton Lenderman, 3-year-old Jace Creel and his older brother, 8-year-old Dilynn Creel, were in a car with their parents when the tree came crashing down. The parents survived the tragedy, according to a GoFundMe page set up for the family.

Other fatalities were due to flooding, fallen trees and winds.

A Jefferson County, Alabama, worker was killed early Sunday when he was struck by a vehicle after trying to remove a downed tree from a road, AL.com reported.

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Three-year-old Jace Creel was killed when a tree crashed onto a vehicle he was in with his family in Angelina County, Texas, on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

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Eight-year-old Dilynn Creel was killed when a tree crashed onto a vehicle he was in with his family in Angelina County, Texas, on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

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Robert Scott looks through a family Bible that he pulled out of the rubble Sunday, April 14, 2019, from his Seely Drive home outside of Hamilton, Miss.

(AP Photo/Jim Lytle)

Roman Brown, left and Sam Crawford, move part of a shower wall out of their way as they help a friend look for their medicine in their destroyed home Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Hamilton, Miss.

(AP Photo/Jim Lytle)

Leslie Harrington kneels down to help a former neighbor and family friend look for jewelry in her destroyed home along Seely Drive outside of Hamilton, Miss.

(Twitter/ National Weather Service Memphis)

The damage survey results indicate an EF2 tornado in Hamilton, Mississippi, with winds around 130 mph, according to the National Weather Service Memphis office.

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The damage survey results indicate an EF2 tornado in Hamilton, Mississippi, with winds around 130 mph, according to the National Weather Service Memphis office.

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The damage survey results indicate an EF2 tornado in Hamilton, Mississippi, with winds around 130 mph, according to the National Weather Service Memphis office.

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Highway 14 between Ebenezer and Highway 17 in Holmes County, Mississippi, is closed due to damage from Saturday’s storm.

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Highway 14 between Ebenezer and Highway 17 in Holmes County, Mississippi, is closed due to damage from Saturday’s storm.

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An unconfirmed tornado wrecked havoc on homes near Alto, Texas on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

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An unconfirmed tornado that struck near Alto, Texas on Saturday, April 13, 2019 knocked over trees, blocking off a large stretch of the road.

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An unconfirmed tornado caused significant tree damage near Alto, Texas on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

(Twitter/@TexasGameWarden)

An unconfirmed tornado wrecked havoc on residential units near Alto, Texas on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

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Strong winds downed trees in Texas as a result of the severe storms.

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Strong winds downed trees in Texas as a result of the severe storms.

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Hail reaching baseball-proportions fell on Stonewall Ranch in San Antonio, Texas late Saturday morning, April 13, 2019.

(Twitter/Greg Derkowski)

Hail ranging from the size of golf balls to baseballs briefly fell over Helotes, Texas, late Saturday morning.

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Hail with spikes fell over The Colony, Texas, earlier on Saturday during the severe weather that swept through the state

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Hail with spikes fell over The Colony, Texas, late Saturday morning during the severe weather that swept across the state.

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The size of hail falling over San Antonio late Saturday morning varied, ranging from the size ping pong balls to baseballs.

(Twitter/Jamie and Robert Gober)

Tornado that hit Franklin, Texas, late Saturday morning caused significant damage to houses and other property.

(Twitter/Jamie and Robert Gober)

Winds from the tornado that hit Franklin, Texas, late Saturday morning tore away parts of a roof. The tornado caused significant property damage in the area.

(Twitter/Jamie and Robert Gober)

The tornado that struck Franklin, Texas, late Saturday morning caused significant tree damage.

(Twitter /Jamie and Robert Gober)

The tornado that struck Franklin, Texas, late Saturday morning toppled and tore up trees, endangering nearby homes.

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Baseball size hail briefly fell over Helotes, Texas, late Saturday morning.

(Twitter/Cindy Kelly)

Two pieces of hail that fell in Helotes, Texas, late Saturday morning dwarf a penny.

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Torn and twisted, parts of homes, trees and power lines lay mangled in the aftermath of the tornado that struck Franklin, Texas, late Saturday morning.

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Trailer homes were torn apart by the tornado that hit Franklin, Texas, late Saturday morning.

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The tornado that struck Franklin, Texas, tore through buildings and scattered debris.

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Two pieces of hail that had fallen on Helotes, Texas, late Saturday morning compared to a penny.

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Hail that fell over Helotes, Texas, ranged from the size of a golf ball to the size of a baseball.

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Storm damage in Benton Township, Pennsylvania.

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A tree that landed on a vehicle during severe storms in Benton Township, Pennsylvania.

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Major property damage that happened during a severe thunderstorm in Benton Township, Pennsylvania.

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Sebastian Omar Martinez, 13, was found dead during a flash flood near Monroe, Louisiana.


The severe weather was not only significant in terms of scale and the area impacted but also in terms of the damage. The storms destroyed dozens of buildings and homes, downed power lines and cracked roadways.

The same system brought intense thunderstorms to parts of the Northeast early in the week.

Tens of thousands were left without electricity as strong winds knocked down power lines and severe weather caused transformers to explode. Utility technicians worked tirelessly to restore power to those customers impacted by the storm.

One such utility worker "narrowly escaped death" when fallen wires erupted into flames early Monday morning in Manchester Township, New Jersey, about 85 miles south of New York City.

The Manchester Police Department shared a video on Facebook that shows the harrowing incident unravel.

“Luckily, he was wearing proper safety equipment,” the Manchester Police Facebook post reads. “At the end of the night, no one was injured and everyone made it home.”

A blast of winter hit Chicago over the weekend, dropping more than 5 inches of snow in the city.

Winterlike weather spread across Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and Michigan. The 5.3 inches in Chicago made April 14, 2019, one of the top-two snowiest days this late in the season.

It was certainly enough to disrupt travel, canceling more than 400 flights at Chicago O'Hare alone.

Snowy Wrigley Field

Snow and rain canceled the game between the Los Angeles Angels at Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on April 14, 2019. (Patrick Gorski / USA TODAY Sports)


The snow was triggered by the same system that unleashed the deadly outbreak of severe weather and tornadoes across the South.

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Yet another round of severe weather began unfolding over the central U.S. on Wednesday and spread eastward toward the Atlantic coast as the week progressed, killing five people.

Severe weather in Asia and the Middle East caused chaos this week, killing more than 100 people.

A slow-moving storm system has triggered damaging thunderstorms, blinding dust storms and flooding downpours. The death toll stands at 39 lives in Pakistan, 47 in India and 15 in Afghanistan, according to Anadolu Agency.

However, the death toll may continue to rise as many people remain missing.

At least 80 homes have been destroyed due to the flooding in northern Pakistan, and more were damaged or destroyed due to damaging winds and dust storms across the south.

A strong earthquake shook the city of Taipei around 1 p.m. local time on Thursday, startling residents and halting transportation throughout the region.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake registered magnitude 6.1.

A total of 17 people were injured during the earthquake. That includes two hikers who were hit by falling rocks in the Taroko Gorge national park, according to Aljazeera. Fifteen other people sustained injuries around Taipei, where two buildings had to be evacuated due to structural damage.

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