At least 9 dead from states’ severe storms
Authorities say at least nine people have died as severe storms sweep across parts of the South, bringing high winds and unrelenting rain.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham, Ala., said Saturday via Twitter that three people were confirmed killed near Carrollton in Pickens County. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency said an “embedded tornado within a long line of intense thunderstorms” caused the deaths.
Two Texas first responders were killed Saturday morning and another was injured after they were hit by a vehicle while working the scene of a traffic accident during icy conditions resulting from severe weather that moved through the area.
Firefighters found the bodies of an elderly couple Saturday morning near their demolished trailer, the Bossier Parish
Sheriff ’s Office in Louisiana said via Facebook. The winds were so strong that the home was moved 200 feet from its foundation.
The deaths bring the stormrelated toll in the state to three after a 75-year-old man was killed in Oil City, La., according to the Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office. Raymond Holden was in bed when a tree fell on his home and crushed him.
The Bossier Parish sheriff said a truck driver and a Benton police officer had a close call after being shocked by a downed power line.
The National Weather Service in Shreveport, La., estimated that a tornado, with around 135-mph winds, touched down in Bossier Parish.
One person died Friday night in Texas when a car flipped into a creek in Dallas.