A deadly storm system now threatens 90 million people with destructive weather

Pat Wise
April 16, 2019

Davis said rotating winds were spotted on weather radar in the Philadelphia area early this morning, prompting the weather service to issue a rare tornado warning for most of Philadelphia County, as well as parts of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties in New Jersey from 3:19 a.m. through 3:45 a.m.

A tornado that struck Franklin, Texas, on Saturday, led to the death of two children, also injuring at least dozen people and causing damage in the eastern part of the state.

Soaking rains could snarl the Monday morning commute on the East Coast before the storm moves off to sea.

Clearing is expected to come by the evening with cooler temperatures in the lower 40s.

Two people were hospitalized for injuries not thought to be life-threatening, while others were treated at the scene for minor injuries, Yezak said.

The tree "flattened the vehicle like a pancake", said Captain Alton Lenderman of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office. The center said it expects the threat of severe weather to increase throughout the day. Franklin is about 125 miles (200 kilometres) south of Dallas.

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Washington, D.C., faced a tornado watch Sunday afternoon, as a severe storm system moves in from the south, according to the U.S. 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.

Mississippi's Monroe County was also hit hard, as multiple homes as well as the local fire station were destroyed, reported CNN.

The Storm Prediction Center said the primary threats in the watch area are for damaging wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour and isolated areas with large hail, up to one inch in diameter.

In addition, three people were killed when a private jet crashed in MS on Saturday, although Bryant said it was unclear whether it was caused by the weather.

Downed trees and damage to buildings and a transmission tower were reported, said meteorologist Monique Sellers.

Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak told The Associated Press a tornado hit the small Central Texas city of Franklin, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences.

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