A strong storm system pouring through the South killed an eight-year-old girl in Florida and threatened to bring tornadoes to much of Carolinas and southern Virginia.
A tree fell on a house south of Tallahassee Friday in Woodville, Florida, killing a twelve-year-old boy in Leon, according to the Sheriff's Office. The bureau said in a statement that the girl died in a hospital while the boy did not suffer life-threatening injuries. Their names were not published immediately.
The same storm system was killed three days ago in Mississippi and a woman in Alabama the day before. Friday's threat continued eastward, with tornado warnings covering parts of the northeast Georgia, Carolinas and Virginia, where four suspected tornado landings were reported on Friday night. Twisters landed in Reston, Fredericks Hall, Barham and Forksville. Houses and small buildings were damaged, but no injuries were reported.
The National Storm Forecast Center said that 9.7 million people in Carolinas and Virginia were at moderate risk for bad weather. The area includes the metro area of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Heavy rains, big hail and a few tornadoes were among the dangers, the National Weather Service warned in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Radar readings showed a tornado formed in Western Virginia's Franklin County, south of Roanoke, although damage to the ground still needs to be assessed, said National Weather Service meteorologist Phil Hysell. In South Carolina, the authorities called on motorists to avoid part of Interstate 26 ̵
In Georgia, the storm system was torn down Trees caused floods and disrupted the power supply of tens of thousands of people.
A tree came down on an apartment complex in suburban Atlanta, but only one person reported a slight injury and was treated at the scene, the Gwinnett County Fire spokesman, Capt. Tommy Rutledge told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In Forsyth County, northeast of Atlanta, three firefighters were slightly injured when their fire truck overturned in heavy rain and wind, Jason Shivers, fire department chief, told the newspaper.
Hundreds of people cleared part of a central Mississippi city on Thursday.
Volunteers and family members raved on the north side of Mort where the National Meteorological Service says a twister with winds of up to 212 km / h hit a neighborhood. More than 20 houses were badly damaged or destroyed. The city of 3,500 inhabitants is located about 48 kilometers east of Jackson.
When she stopped, there was nothing left, Morton's resident Sharon Currie told WAPT-TV. I went, oh my god. My house is gone.
The forecasters confirmed that 14 tornadoes were set up in Mississippi and 82 storm damage had been reported in at least 24 of the 82 states. The Mississippi Governor, Phil Bryant, declared the state of emergency – the second he declared in less than a week for tornadoes.
The authorities reported a third storm death in the state on Friday. Freddie Mobley, 63, died when he helped cut down a tree that had fallen into a house, Coroner Clay McMorris from Lincoln told Brookhaven's Daily Leader. Mobley made some cuts on the tree and backed away as the trunk moved before he could move, Deputy Coroner Ricky Alford said.
Two other people traveling by car are counted as storm dead in Mississippi. A woman also died in Alabama when a tree fell on her RV on Thursday.