Daily US Times: Massive tornados killed at least three people and destroyed many buildings and trees across the Depp South, authorities said.
Storm Prediction Center said Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas were hit by the tornado throughout the Monday.
One person was dead in Louisiana, and two others were dead in Alabama after another storm hit a city about 55 miles west of Huntsville.
Chief deputy of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana Calvin Turner said ‘we’ve got damage at lots of places. We’ve got a church where the fellowship hall is torn all to pieces. Some homes are hit. Right now, we’re having trouble just getting to places because of trees that are down’.
National Weather Service in Lake Charles, Louisiana said the tornado was on the ground for 63 miles.
Meteorologist Donald Jones said that ‘I don’t know what our records for the longest total in this area is, but that’s got to be pretty damn close to it.’
At least 38 thousand people is currently out of power in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi due to the tornado.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed portions of Louisiana and Mississippi under a “moderate” risk of severe weather, the fourth level on the center’s 1-5 scale of severe weather risk.
AccuWeather meteorologist Brandon Buckingham said ‘These storms will be capable of producing damaging wind gusts, torrential downpours, hail and even an isolated tornado or two. All of the severe thunderstorm threats will continue for a time into the evening hours, becoming even more dangerous in the dark.’
Several schools in Alabama and Mississippi leave the students early and cancelled evening events.
Storms could affect the Southeast on Tuesday, especially portions of the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida, the Storm Prediction Center said.