4 killed as storms batter South, bringing threat of tornadoes

People huddled in hallways, stairways and basements across southwest MS and the Jackson metropolitan area for much of Thursday afternoon, as tornado sirens wailed, winds howled and rains poured. The sheriff told local media that a tree fell on the auto.

"Severe thunderstorms with potential for damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes are expected across the southern through mid Atlantic Coast region", the weather service said, "particularly across the Carolinas into southern Virginia" Friday afternoon and into the evening.

A system is pushing across the eastern portion of the United States and already causing severe weather along with an ongoing tornado threat in North Carolina and Virginia.

After coming through Georgia, the front is expected to bring a line of storms through the Midlands between late morning and afternoon, according to the briefing.

It'll fan out to the Ohio Valley region and then the East Coast, threatening 100 million people with severe weather Thursday and Friday. Several trees were reported down in Barham, while a house and various small structures were damaged in Forksville.

News outlets reported at least one house near Interstate 85 outside of Hillsborough in Orange County was severely damaged by winds that were thought to have resulted from a tornado.

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Garner, Clayton and Knightdale are under a severe thunderstorm warning until noon, the National Weather Service says.

Volunteers and family members were swarming the north side of Morton on Friday, where the National Weather Service says a twister with winds as high as 132 miles per hour (212 kph) hit a neighborhood a day earlier.

Utilities reported more than 50,000 electrical outages statewide, with trees blocking roads and highways in many place. He was like, 'I think it's a 'tornado, ' " Skipper said.

A wave of strong winds and heavy rains has rolled through Alabama.

The state was just beginning to recover from last weekend's storm system that left one county in shreds, killed one, and injured nine people across the state. Once the complex arrives, expect bouts of heavy thunderstorms, capable of damaging winds, hail, tornadoes and eventually flash flooding in spots.

  • Sonia Alvarado