Severe Thunderstorms With Damaging Winds and a Few Tornadoes Spreading Through the Eastern States

weather.com meteorologists
Published: April 15, 2019

Severe thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes will spread through parts of the eastern states into early Monday morning as a powerful storm system continues to move farther eastward.

The storms contributed to several deaths in the South on Saturday. More details on the impacts can be found at the link below.

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Happening Now

Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms are ongoing in parts of the eastern states.


Current Radar, Watches and Warnings

A tornado may have been responsible for damage to a home south of Spence Airport in Colquitt County, Georgia, Sunday afternoon. The National Weather Service said it will conduct a storm survey on Monday to investigate the damage in the area.

A mobile home and an outbuilding were destroyed near Springfield, Ohio, Sunday afternoon. Significant roof and siding damage was also reported in the area. It's not yet clear if this was caused by a tornado or straight-line wind gusts.

Severe damage was reported in Shelby, Ohio, after a likely tornado moved through the city Sunday afternoon. A roof was blown off a car dealership, and numerous trees and power lines were down.

There have been 21 reports of tornadoes Saturday into Sunday from Texas to Alabama and Ohio. The actual number of tornadoes won't be known until after the National Weather Service conducts storm surveys in areas where damage occurred.

A tornado that struck Franklin, Texas, on Saturday has been given a preliminary EF3 rating, while a twister that touched down in Jackson County, Mississippi, on Saturday has been given an EF1 rating.

The National Weather Service also confirmed two tornadoes touched down in Monroe County, Mississippi, on Saturday. One of the tornadoes struck the town of Hamilton, Mississippi, and was given a preliminary rating of EF2. The other tornado in that county was given a preliminary EF1 rating.

An EF2 tornado moved through Winston and Oktibbeha counties in Mississippi Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service. A separate EF1 tornado passed near the southeastern side of the Mississippi State University campus in Starkville.

Forecast

Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms are expected into early Monday morning across a broad swath of the eastern states from parts of the Carolinas to southern New York.

Damaging wind gusts are the main threat with these storms, but a few tornadoes cannot be ruled out.

Areas shaded in red on the map above have the best chance for severe thunderstorms into Monday morning.

The storms will also be accompanied by heavy rain, which could cause isolated instances of flash flooding.


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