Mid­west, East Coast storms tear paths of ruin, in­jury

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Strong storms, in­clud­ing at least one tor­nado, swept through parts of the Mid­west and the Mid-At­lantic re­gion, dam­ag­ing homes and busi­nesses and caus­ing in­juries af­ter storms in the South killed at least eight peo­ple.

Storms that hit Ohio on Sun­day and moved into New Jer­sey overnight into Mon­day brought heavy rains, light­ning, strong winds and, in Ohio, at least one tor­nado. The storms fol­lowed worse con­di­tions that had swept across the South, un­leash­ing more than a dozen con­firmed tor­na­does and flood­ing, killing at least eight peo­ple, in­jur­ing dozens and flat­ten­ing much of a Texas town.

In Vir­ginia, au­thor­i­ties said a tree fell on a house and killed a woman early Mon­day morn­ing. The Stafford County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said the uniden­ti­fied woman, 78, had been asleep when the tree fell at 1:43 a.m. An 82-year-old man who was in the home was taken to a hos­pi­tal with in­juries that were not life threat­en­ing.

In Shelby, Ohio, the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice said an EF2 tor­nado with winds of up to 125 mph touched down Sun­day. No deaths were re­ported, but Rich­land County emergency of­fi­cials said sev­eral homes and busi­nesses were dam­aged and that at least six peo­ple were in­jured in the city roughly 90 miles south­west of Cleve­land.

The weather ser­vice says an EF0 tor­nado with max­i­mum winds of about 70 mph also swept through part of Clark County in western Ohio on Sun­day, about 40 miles west of Colum­bus, and dam­aged some mo­bile homes. There were no im­me­di­ate re­ports of in­juries there.

Storms on Mon­day spawned a tor­nado watch and flooded road­ways in some ar­eas of New Jer­sey, caus­ing a roof to col­lapse at an apart

ment com­plex in Cam­den, though no in­juries were re­ported. The weather dis­rupted rail ser­vice in the mid-At­lantic re­gion, caused de­lays at air­ports and left tens of thou­sands of util­ity cus­tomers with­out power.

More than 20,000 cus­tomers lost power in New Jer­sey when the storms hit, though crews were able to quickly re­store ser­vice to most.

The weather ser­vice con­firmed Mon­day that a tor­nado sig­nif­i­cantly dam­aged a lum­ber com­pany Sun­day evening in Star­brick, in north­ern Penn­syl­va­nia.

Ver­mont of­fi­cials say flood­ing from spring rains closed a num­ber of roads Mon­day. An emergency op­er­a­tions cen­ter has been ac­ti­vated to help com­mu­ni­ties re­spond to the flood­ing.

The weather ser­vice said Mon­day that a sur­vey team found ev­i­dence of an EF3 twis­ter with winds of at least 136 mph near Weches, Texas, and that two other smaller tor­na­does touched down in the same re­gion on Satur­day. An­other EF3 twis­ter flat­tened part of Franklin, Texas.

The sys­tem moved east­ward into Mis­sis­sippi, where weather ser­vice teams have con­firmed eight tor­na­does. And at least three weak tor­na­does struck Alabama on Sun­day.

Four peo­ple were killed in Texas. The other victims died in Louisiana, Mis­sis­sippi and Alabama.


TOM E. PUSKAR The Times Gazette via AP

Se­vere storm dam­age to homes is seen on Ply­mouth Spring­mill Road just south of the in­ter­sec­tion of Ohio Route 96 in Shelby, Ohio, Sun­day.

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