Weather service confirms tornadoes in southern storms


Trees were pulled from the ground by their roots and the tornado caused structural damage to buildings including tearing off roofs.

The rash of storms then headed east, where it claimed the life of a Louisiana teen. Thirteen-year-old Sebastian Omar Martinez drowned in a drainage canal in Bawcomville, said Deputy Glenn Springfield of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Department, the AP reports. Nineteen residents were taken to hospitals, including two in critical condition.

According to the city, damage to buildings and homes were reported and widespread power outages are reported.

MEMA said Warren County schools and Monroe County schools - with the exception of city schools - will remain closed.

Three more deaths are confirmed from powerful storms sweeping through the southern United States, bringing the death toll to at least six.

The fire station in Hamilton was destroyed, as were multiple homes and a retail center.

In Mississippi, Governor Phil Bryant said one person was killed and 11 injured over the weekend as tornadoes ripped through 17 counties and left 26,000 homes and businesses without electricity.

"We were hit really, really, hard". There are several trees down.

The news comes after the stars of golf were forced to complete the final round of this year's Masters at Augusta early due to the weather concerns.

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch will be in effect through 10 p.m. Sunday, and includes these Georgia counties: Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fannin, Fayette, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Heard, Jackson, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White.

According to The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang, the potential for isolated tornadoes also exists and could affect the Mid-Atlantic region.