EXTREME WEATHER: Severe Thunderstorms, Tornado And Flash Flooding Swamps U.S. Southeast – Many Homes Damaged; Child Found Dead In Mississippi; 1 Dead In Georgia; Dozens Injured; More Stormy Weather Forecast For The Week! [PHOTOS+MAPS]

April 08, 2014 – UNITED STATES – Severe thunderstorms dumped heavy rains across the Southeast on Monday and caused flash flooding in central Alabama, where crews in small boats and military trucks had to rescue dozens of people from their homes and cars.

Firefighters rescue a family from their home, surrounded by floodwaters, in a mobile home park in Pelham, Ala.,
on Monday, April 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

In Mississippi, a 9-year-old girl was swept away and killed after the storms dropped nearly seven inches of rain over the last two days. A possible tornado in another part of the state damaged homes and hurt seven people, and a motorist in metro Atlanta was found dead after driving into a creek swollen with rainwater.

Strong winds downed trees, power lines and snarled rush hour commutes. National Weather Service forecasters in North Carolina say video indicates a tornado touched down near the town of Belhaven in the eastern part of the state. Authorities say a pickup truck was lifted off the highway, injuring a man and his son.

Alabama 

Heavy rain triggered major flash flooding in parts of the South Sunday night into Monday. Parts of northern Alabama were the hardest hit, including the Birmingham metro area, where there were evacuations and high-water rescues.

About two dozen residents of a mobile home park in Pelham had to be rescued from floodwaters that were nearly chest-high. Others were isolated in mobile homes that were on higher ground because the only entrance into the complex was flooded. Rescue workers also helped several people and pets from an apartment complex in Homewood, where water was up to the windows of some cars.

Dozens of cars had water up to their roofs. Rescue workers wearing life jackets waded through muddy water nearly to their chests to reach stranded residents. Hundreds of more people in mobile homes on higher ground were isolated because water covered the only entrance to the complex.

Alabama Power Co. reported about 14,000 homes and businesses without power Monday morning. That was down to about 3,200 by evening.

The National Weather Service says nearly 4.4 inches of rain fell at the Birmingham airport in 24 hours. In the southern Alabama town of Evergreen, a survey crew confirmed an EF0 tornado occurred Monday morning, uprooting trees and causing minor damage to the city hospital.

Georgia
In Lilburn, northeast of Atlanta, witnesses saw a car go into a creek and go under. Gwinnett County firefighters with an inflatable boat later found the driver dead inside.

In metro Atlanta, heavy rains slowed cars on the interstates and traffic lights were knocked out. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport experiencing delays.

The first day of the Masters didn’t last very long. Storms moved into the area just two hours after the gates opened at Augusta National for the first full day of practice. Players had to get off the golf course. Fans made a steady stream for the exit. A few hours later, the club said the forecast for even heavier rain meant the course would be off limits the rest of the day. It was the first time in 11 years that the Monday practice was a washout. The gates did not open in 2003 all day.

Mississippi
Recovery crews have found the body of a 9-year-old Yazoo City girl, who authorities say was swept away by flash flood waters.

Emergency Management Directory Joey Ward said Patrauna Hudson’s body was located, retrieved and identified about 7 p.m. Monday. He says the child’s mother positively identified her. He says the preliminary cause of death is drowning.

Her body was discovered in a drainage canal on 7th Street about 7 p.m., not far from where she lived and was last seen. Earlier, Ward said the girl’s sister saw her being carried away by the current about 7 p.m. Sunday. A neighbor saw her wash into a culvert.

Here are more images of the flooding:

David Cowan uses a cooler to help Shannon Martin remove belongings from her flooded home in Pelham, Ala., on
Monday, April 7, 2014. Heavy rains sent a creek out of its banks and resulted in severe flooding
in parts of central Alabama. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
An abandoned vehicle sits submerged by floodwaters on a road in a mobile home park in Pelham, Ala.,
on Monday, April 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
Firefighter Rusty Murphy wades through flood waters in a mobile home park in Pelham, Ala., on Monday, April 7, 2014.
(AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Flood waters cover a street in a mobile home park in Pelham, Ala. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
The radar at 4:15 a.m. CT Monday shows the heavy, persistent rain that led to Alabama’s flooding nightmare.


An EF2 tornado hit Mississippi’s Covington County early Monday morning, causing injuries and damage to homes.

Covington County Emergency Management Director Greg Sanford told News Mississippi that the tornado touched down north of Collins, a rural community of about 2,700 residents, in southern Mississippi, about 2 a.m. local time.

Here is the tell-tale sign of a tornado, a hook echo on the Doppler radar from yesterday’s tornado near Pantego.

The National Weather Service survey crew determined the tornado was on the ground for 16 miles.

Sanford said damage and injuries were reported in the communities of Hot Coffee. Overall, eight people were injured in Covington County according to NWS.

Here are several images of the tornado damage, courtesy of social media:

 

The body of a 9-year-old Yazoo City girl, who authorities say was swept away by weekend flash flood waters, was recovered late Monday, authorities said.

Yazoo County Director of Emergency Management Joey Ward said Patrauna Hudson’s body was located, retrieved and identified about 7 p.m. The child’s mother positively identified her, he said.

The preliminary cause of death is drowning, he said.

“She did not know how to swim,” Ward said earlier. “We’re hoping she was trapped or caught by some of the debris and we can find her as soon as we can.”

To the southeast, Jackson had one of its rainiest days on record Sunday. With 5.97 inches of rainfall recorded, Sunday was the eighth-rainiest calendar day on record, according to the NWS.

In Warren County, Sheriff Martin Pace said a dam on private property broke Sunday in the Bovina area off Interstate. 20. Pace said the water covered portions of Warriors Trail. He said no homes were in danger.

Southern Pines Electric Company reported that 1,100 customers were without power in Covington, Jasper, Smith, Jefferson Davis and Simpson counties.
Here is the severe weather forecast for the next several days.

Tuesday: 

  • Afternoon and evening thundershowers in the Lower Mississippi Valley may produce small hail, enough to cover the ground in some spots.
  • Isolated severe thunderstorms are possible in central and south Florida with a threat of strong winds and low chance of a tornado.

Weekend Outlook: 

  • Saturday: A cluster of strong t-storms is possible in parts of the Corn Belt (eastern Neb., Ia., southern Minn.)
  • Sunday: More widespread t-storms, possibly severe, in the southern and possibly central Plains, pushing east into the Lower Mississippi and, perhaps, Tennessee Valleys into Monday.

Many areas received 2-4 inches of rain since Sunday – here’s a map of the rainfall totals.
 

The Weather Channel.

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