At least 9 dead from states’ se­vere storms

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

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.

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