- A Tennessee woman died when a tree fell on her home and two people died in Georgia during the storms.
- Well over 120,000 customers had no electricity on Tuesday afternoon.
- The 35E Interstate Station, south of Dallas, closed for hours after it was half-turned.
Strong and deadly storms continued to cause damage in much of the southern areas on Tuesday, with more tornadoes, high winds, hail and flooding.
At least three people died in the storms; two in Georgia and one in Tennessee.
Nearly 129,000 homes and businesses from Texas to the Deep South, Virginia and West Virginia were without power on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., writes poweroutage.us.
Heavy rains caused problems Tuesday afternoon in Alabama. According to the WVTM, water flooded several roads in Birmingham and surrounding Jefferson County. According to the National Meteorological Service, rapid water rescue is needed in Homewood.
New storm damage was also reported Tuesday afternoon in Virginia and Tennessee.
In Texas late Monday, a possible tornado hit Interstate 35E, tossing cars and tossing semi-trailers as if they were toys.
The interstate states were closed for hours between Waxahachie and Forreston, about 30 miles south of Dallas, when the first respondents pulled the drivers out of the wreckage. Officials told WFAA-TV that three were injured in the crash, one of them seriously.
The wind turned three eyes in the northbound lanes and pushed the 18-wheelers to the south into the center barrier of the highway, the WFAA reported.
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“It was a very bad accident,” storm chaser Mike Prendergast told KTVT. “There was a tornado crossing there. Several who witnessed it say they saw it crossed. Several cars were thrown into the field that were next to Interstate 35E.”
Elsewhere in Ellis County, five people were injured, 25 to 50 residences and other buildings they were damaged– reported the KRLD.
Strong winds and hail caused damage in other parts of North Texas. There have been reports of possible tornadoes in Hill and Johnson counties. A huge hailstorm fell on San Antonio in South Texas.
Thousands of torn trees and fallen power lines were left without electricity. More than 12,000 Texas homes and businesses still did not have power until 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to poweroutage.us.
The windows were blown out of the Walmart store on Walnut Ridge in Arkana, and other buildings in the city were damaged, according to the National Meteorological Service. One report said people are trapped in a home after a tree fell on it.
In Tennessee, a woman was killed when a high wind blew wood into his Dresden mobile home, said Ray Wiggington, director of disaster management in Weakley County, according to the WKRN. Damage was reported throughout the county and in neighboring Henry County.
At least two died in storms in Georgia on Monday.
In Douglasville, about 20 miles west of Atlanta, a tree and electrical wires crashed onto a vehicle on Campbellton Street near Woodrow Avenue, Rick Martin, a Douglas County spokesman, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The driver was smashed and died after firefighters cut him off from his vehicle, Martin said.
According to WXIA, the victim was later identified as Scot Hudson, the owner of a local restaurant.
Carla Harris, 55, was killed in the middle of Georgia after a tree fell on Bonaire’s home, Houston County emergency officials told the Associated Press.
It was a tense morning in much of the Atlanta subway area after the National Meteorological Service confirmed at 10:20 a.m. Monday that a tornado had touched Fulton County southwest of Interstate 20 and Interstate 285. Trees and power lines were demolished in parts of the city on the southwest side of the city.
Significant debris was visible in southern Fulton County. WAGA said the Pepsico plant on Fulton Industrial Boulevard was damaged. Air conditioning was torn off the roof and the ceiling tiles inside the building were demolished. A video taken from another business in the area shows an overturned semi-trailer tractor.
The tornadoes were later reinforced during the day on both sides of the Georgia-South Carolina state line.
About 30 homes were injured, 10 of them severely, when an EF1 tornado hit him on Monday in Tompkinsville, Kentucky, according to the WBKO.
“Luckily for those most injured, no one was home yet,” said David Rich, Monroe County’s director of disaster management. No injuries occurred.
One person had minor injuries in West Virginia after a potential tornado hit a lumber company Monday night, James Hayden, Jefferson County Communications Superintendent, told AP. The outer lumber collapsed, Hayden said.
More than a dozen possible tornadoes were reported in Mississippi on Sunday. Serious damage was reported in Tupelo, Calhoun City and Yazoo City.
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