Strong storms in US South kill at least eight, injure dozens

POWERFUL storms swept across the South last Sunday after unleashing suspected tornadoes and flooding that killed at least eight people, injured dozens and flattened much of a Texas town. Three children were among the dead.

Nearly 90,000 customers were without electricity in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Georgia as of last Sunday, according to www.poweroutage.us as the severe weather left a trail of destruction.

Two children were killed on a back road in East Texas when a pine tree fell onto the car in which they were riding in a severe thunderstorm last Saturday near Pollok, about 241 kilometres southeast of Dallas.

The tree “flattened the car like a pancake”, said Captain Alton Lenderman of the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office. The children, aged eight and three, were dead at the scene, while both parents, who were in the front seat, escaped injury, he said.

At least one person was killed and about two dozen others were injured after a suspected tornado struck the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site in East Texas during a Native American cultural event in Alto, about 209 kilometres southeast of Dallas.

Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis said the fatality that was reported was of a woman who died of her critical injuries.

In neighbouring Houston County, the sheriff’s office said one person was killed in Weches, six miles southwest of Caddo Mound.

There was widespread damage in Alto, a town of about 1,200, and the school district cancelled classes until its buildings can be deemed safe.

A tornado flattened much of the south side of Franklin, Texas, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences, said Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak. Franklin is about 200 kilometres south of Dallas.AP

Roman Brown moves part of a wall out of his way as he looks for a friend’s medicine in their destroyed home along Seely Drive outside of Hamilton, Mississippi after a storm moved through the area. – AP