Tornado outbreak: damage reported in the south, at least one person dead | The Weather Channel – Articles from The Weather Channel

  • A tornado emergency has been declared in South Carolina.
  • A tree has crashed into a house near Atlanta.
  • One person has been killed in East Texas.

From a deadly storm in Texas to a tornado emergency in South Carolina and damage across several states, the latest outbreak of tornadoes and other severe weather is sweeping through the South, downing trees and power lines, flipping cars and tearing the roofs off the houses.

Here’s a look at what happened on Tuesday.

Tree crashes into house in Metro Atlanta

Damage is reported in multiple areas of Georgia, including the Atlanta metro area, where Dekalb County resident Marie Jordan told WSB-TV she was home when a large tree fell above.

“It just took everything,” Jordan told WSB-TV. “For years and years I have watched this tree.”

Emergency crews told the network the tree had been struck by lightning and split in two. Part crashed through the roof into Jordan’s dining room, kitchen, and garage.

Power outages spread east

While this morning’s power outages were centered in Texas and Louisiana, the bulk of them moved to Georgia tonight

About 22,000 homes and businesses in Georgia were without power around 7:40 p.m. EDT, according to PowerOutage.us.

Some 8,400 outages were reported in South Carolina and a remaining 9,300 in Texas.

What is a tornado emergency?

A tornado warning that comes with a “tornado emergency” is the rarest and is reserved for the most extreme situations, according to weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce.

This is only issued “when there is a serious threat to human life and catastrophic damage from an impending or ongoing tornado,” the NWS said, as it was warned in Allendale, South Carolina , this afternoon.

A tornado emergency may be issued based on a confirmed sighting of a tornado or a tornado that has been confirmed by radar.

Click here to learn more about the different types of tornado warnings.

Emergency response underway in Allendale, SC

The state sent search and rescue teams to assist officials in Allendale, where a tornado emergency was declared around 4 p.m.

“We unfortunately have no idea of ​​the extent or magnitude of this storm, but a tornado emergency is not something the weather service here, at least, issues often enough,” said said Derrec Becker, spokesman for the state of emergency. management office, told The Weather Channel around 7 p.m. EDT.

Tornado emergency declared in South Carolina

Calls poured in to 911 dispatchers in Allendale, South Carolina, after the National Weather Service said a large and extremely dangerous tornado passed through the area around 4 p.m.

A tornado emergency has been declared for the city, located about 73 miles south of Columbia.

Damage assessments are ongoing.

“We’ve taken down power lines that are blocking several roads, a few cars have been hit by trees, and I know there’s at least one roof that’s been taken off someone’s house,” said Kara Troy, Allendale County Director of Emergency Management, at The Weather Channel.

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One dead in East Texas

The weather turned deadly early this morning in East Texas where one person was killed in the town of Whitehouse.

The victim was identified Tuesday afternoon as WM Soloman, according to an update from local authorities.

“Our prayers go out to the friends and family of Mr. Soloman, who we’ve lost early this morning when the storm pushed a tree across his house,’ Whitehouse Mayor James Wansley said. ‘Last night’s storm also brought down power lines, obstructed traffic and caused property damage. in the heart of the town of Whitehouse.

Several agencies, including first responders, the American Red Cross, and road and power crews, assisted afterward.

Whitehouse Fire Chief Madison Johnson said earlier the storm spread around 1:45 a.m.

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The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Whitehouse and Smith County just after 1 a.m. for possible damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph. The city is about 100 miles southeast of Dallas.

Crews clear roads in Mississippi

Video released by the Mississippi Department of Transportation in Newton County, off Interstate 20, about 60 miles east of Jackson, showed crews clear the roads Tuesday morning.

Power outages are on the rise

More … than 50,000 homes and businesses were without power in several states around 12 p.m. EST, including about 24,000 in Texas and 11,000 in Louisiana, according to PowerOutage.us.

Latest round of severe weather for the south

Storms in the south are common this time of year, and this is the third multi-day siege of deadly severe weather to hit the region in as many weeks. Two people died in a tornado in the Florida Panhandle on Thursday, one person was killed in a tornado in Texas on March 21 and another in a tornado in Arabi, Louisiana on March 22.

Arabi tornado victim dies

22-year-old woman injured in Arabi tornado died Thursday at a New Orleans hospital, nola.com reported. The woman was trapped inside her home after she was torn from its foundation in what a neighbor interviewed by weather.com likened to a scene from ‘The Wizard of Oz’.

The woman, Maria Celeste Burke, was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy aged 5 and relied on a wheelchair and ventilator to survive. Burke was hospitalized after the tornado and a relative told nola.com she died of a blood clot.

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