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100 million people at risk as deadly storms and tornadoes march east

100 million people at risk as deadly storms and tornadoes march east

While Sunday's storms might not be as severe as the ones that battered the South on Saturday, they will hit far more people in heavily populated cities.

A tornado ripped through Franklin, Texas, on Saturday as the National Weather Service in the state posted one tornado warning after another. On Saturday morning, the storm system dropped hail ranging from the size of golf balls to baseballs on San Antonio.

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch will be in effect through 10 p.m. Sunday, and includes these Georgia counties: Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fannin, Fayette, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Heard, Jackson, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White. Damaging winds and some tornadoes are the main threats along this line.

Debris is strewn in flooded water in the Pemberton Quarters strip mall following severe weather Saturday, April 13, 2019 in Vicksburg, Miss.

Downed trees and damage to buildings and a transmission tower were reported, said meteorologist Monique Sellers.

There were reports of multiple injuries, the NWS said, and KBTX-TV reported widespread damage. The center said it expects the threat of severe weather to increase throughout the day.

John Moore, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Jackson, says a twister was reported Saturday in the Vicksburg area of MS and was indicated on radar.

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The entire town of Franklin and neighboring Bremond lost electricity, with power expected to be restored Saturday night.

About two hours north of Franklin, dime-sized hail pelted the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The forecast of severe weather forced officials at the Masters in Augusta, Georgia, to start the final round of the tournament early on Sunday in order to finish in midafternoon before it began raining.

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

And the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said multiple fatalities have been confirmed in Monroe County, but did not say how many.

A possible tornado knocked out power and left damage in Troy, about 50 miles (80 kilometres) south of Montgomery. We have a lot of flooding, there are several trees down. "We are just a mess", Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell told the outlet.

Two different rounds of strong storms are expected to track through the WJZ-TV viewing area. Very heavy rain - capable of producing pockets of flash flooding, damaging wind gusts, hail, and even an isolated, short-lived tornado can not be ruled out.


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