Southern storms kill 8; knock out power in Virginia

Southern storms kill 8; knock out power in Virginia

Southern storms kill 8; knock out power in Virginia

Damaging winds, tornadoes, hail and heavy rain will all be possible this go-around, although where and how strong are still uncertain this far out.

The tornado watch will last until 9 p.m. An 82-year-old man who was in the home was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.

Over the weekend, four people died in Texas, two in Louisiana, one in MS and another in Alabama.

A line of thunderstorms will push in from the west after sunset too, at which point the main threat is high wind gusts and torrential rain. The children, ages 8 and 3, were dead at the scene, while both parents, who were in the front seat, escaped injury, he said.

The Storm Prediction Center has issued an enhanced risk (level 3 out of 5) stretching from eastern Alabama through the southern Appalachians and into the Ohio Valley.

Multiple people were injured and several homes were damaged in Hamilton, Mississippi, said Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley. Some thunderstorms may be severe, the weather service said.

The National Weather Service issued a tweet warning Central Alabama to be alert overnight.

"Heavy rainfall may hide this tornado".

This comes as a strong storm system moves into the region from the southwest.

About 100 miles northeast of Franklin, at least one suspected tornado swept through an outdoor event at the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site.

The roof of a hotel in New Albany, Mississippi, was damaged, although the cause was unclear.

In East Texas, authorities say two children were killed when high winds toppled a tree onto the back of the family vehicle while it was in motion.

In a preliminary damage report, the National Weather Service assigned the tornado an EF-3 rating, saying peak winds reached around 140 miles per hour in Franklin. The Stafford County Sheriff's Office said the unidentified woman, 78, had been asleep when the tree fell at 1:43 a.m.

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