Storms take aim at Alabama after killing 2 in Louisiana

Trevor Jackson
April 5, 2017

A line of severe storms will push through the area with damaging winds of 60 to 80 miles per hour the primary threat, the weather service says.

Storms that move through Central Alabama will be capable of producing strong gusty winds and hail; a few isolated tornadoes are possible over far South Alabama.

State and local emergency management officials are recommending residents and visitors in North Florida stay alert as a cold front moves into the area today. "Rainfall could exceed up to another 3-6 inches locally in some areas causing flash flooding into the morning hours".

Monday morning, the southern half of the viewing area was added to the "slight" risk area for severe weather.

A toddler and her mother were killed in Louisiana overnight when their mobile home was demolished by a tornado, part of a risky weather system that slammed the U.S. South. Linda So reports.

More than 27,000 homes and businesses were without power across Alabama Monday, according to Alabama Power.

There also was flooding and wind damage in central MS, with water rescues in the Vicksburg area, Lamb said.

St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Maj.

Higgins said 38-year-old Francine Gotch and 3-year-old Neville Alexander were pronounced dead at the scene.

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The peak of the storm is expected to hit Iredell around 2 p.m. and pass by 7 p.m. Monday, the service says.

Witnesses told KLFY-TV that the father was at a store when the storm hit and returned home to find the bodies amid the debris.

Relatives described those killed as a fun-loving pair who smiled frequently.

A Severe Weather Alert Day is issued when the meteorologists believe severe weather could be in the area and impact your daily routine.

Earlier, in Florence, Mississippi, 52-year-old Jacqueline Williams was on the phone Monday morning with 911, trying to direct rescuers after her vehicle went off the road into a creek, Rankin County Coroner David Ruth said.

Louisiana Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne is authorizing a delayed start for state employees on Monday, April 3.

Your morning commute will likely be a wet one with heavy rain and some lightning through noon.

A storm system rumbling eastward through Texas toward the lower Mississippi Valley could pelt the region with large hail and cause flash-flooding and spawn tornadoes. People in the path of the storm should seek shelter immediately.

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