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Southern US amidst dangerous severe weather, tornado outbreak

By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
April 14, 2019, 6:24:55 AM EDT


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Additional lives and property will be threatened as the outbreak of severe weather shifts through the Southeast into Sunday.

A large and devastating tornado has already struck the town of Franklin, Texas, which is located north of College Station, during the late morning hours of Saturday.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.


"This severe weather outbreak is especially concerning as many of the tornadoes may be difficult to see, being either shrouded by rain or occurring under the cover of darkness at night," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio.

That is why it is very important for residents to turn on cell phone notifications or weather radios to receive vital severe weather warnings.

People are encouraged to closely monitor the weather situation and have a plan of action in place should the unthinkable happen at their location.

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A massive tornado moves into Rochelle, Illinois, on Thursday, April 9, 2015. (Photo/Tom Purdy)


On Sunday, severe thunderstorms will continue to progress eastward across the South and erupt farther to the north.

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When compared to Saturday, the overall threat of tornadoes in the South will be significantly lower on Sunday. However, a few storms may still produce tornadoes in Alabama, Georgia, the Florida Panhandle and the western Carolinas.

An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out northward to western Pennsylvania.

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While there can be a thunderstorm at any time Sunday afternoon at the Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta, Georgia, the greatest risk for a severe thunderstorm is late in the afternoon and evening.

On Sunday, throughout the risk area from Ohio and western Pennsylvania to Alabama and Florida, the storms will take on more of a squall-line setup with the greatest threats being from damaging wind gusts, flash flooding and lightning strikes.

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Downpours and locally damaging winds will remain a concern through the overnight hours of Sunday as the thunderstorms cross the Appalachians and track across the mid-Atlantic, southern New York and into southwestern New England.

A line of potentially damaging thunderstorms may also sweep through the eastern Carolinas at this time.

The thunderstorms can create slow travel with poor visibility along the I-95 corridor from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia, New York City and Providence, Rhode Island, during the early morning hours of Monday.

"Across the northern mid-Atlantic and into southern New England, this could be a case where strong winds are produced with a minimal amount of thunder and lightning," according to AccuWeather Senior MSeteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

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The downpours and gusty thunderstorms may continue to track eastward and rattle Boston around the start of the Boston Marathon on Monday morning.

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