Storms sweep across the South, killing 6 and injuring dozens

FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY Widespread severe weather this afternoon

At least 11 tornadoes have touched down in three different states as a result of a stronger-than-usual storm system.

A MS man, identified as 95-year-old Roy Ratliff died on Saturday when a tornado caused a tree to fall onto his home, Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley said.

In the town of Alto, Texas, which is 130 miles southeast of Dallas, 25 people were hospitalized or their injuries after a reported tornado struck the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, where individuals had been gathered for a Native American cultural event, according to the Post. At least one mobile home was destroyed, throwing a man from the mobile home.

The storms produced additional tornadoes throughout Louisiana and MS on Saturday night as the storm moved east threatening the upper Ohio Valley and central Appalachians to the upper Gulf Coast on Sunday, before moving to the mid-Atlantic.

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Heavy rains and storms raked MS into the night Saturday as the storms moved east.

The main line of storms will begin to push into this area late Sunday morning and trek to the east in the afternoon. Heavy rain may also lead to localized flash flooding in areas prone to flooding. Multiple structures in Franklin, Texas were destroyed by a tornado on Saturday, as severe weather swept through eastern Texas toward Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

The death is believed to be storm related, public information officer Glenn Springfield said.

He said the threat for severe weather is greatest at such times but that the risk remained even after warm temperatures dropped.

Tracking showers and storms for the weekend
Clouds will be on the increase as temperatures will go from near 70 into the lower 60s by early Sunday morning. Our main concerns at this time are damaging winds, however large hail, and an isolated tornado are possible.


We have an Alert Day due to strong storms later this afternoon and tonight.

"It looks like a storm came up through Louisiana and into MS and exploded in Monroe County", Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said.

"We were hit really, really, hard". Make sure you have a NOAA Weather Radio and our First Alert Weather App!

Storms have now moved out of North Alabama and the tornado watch from the early morning hours has expired. Most of our area is under a Slight Risk (2 out 5) for severe storms. As the cold front finishes moving through Alabama this afternoon, it could spark off a few more storms.

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