Powerful storms swept across the South of the United States, on Sunday April 14th, after unleashing tornadoes and flooding that killed at least eight people, injured dozens and flattened much of a Texas town. Three children from Georgia were among the dead, according to AP.
Nearly 90,000 customers were without electricity in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Georgia as of midday Sunday, according to www.poweroutage.us as the severe weather left a trail of destruction.
Two children were killed on a back road in East Texas when a pine tree fell onto the car in which they were riding in a severe thunderstorm, on Saturday, near Pollok, about 150 miles (241 kilometres) southeast of Dallas.
The tree "flattened the car like a pancake," said Captain Alton Lenderman of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office. The children, aged 8 and 3, were dead at the scene, while both parents, who were in the front seat, escaped injury, he said.
At least one person was killed and about two dozen others were injured after a suspected tornado struck the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, in East Texas, during a Native American cultural event in Alto, about 130 miles (209 kilometres) southeast of Dallas. Cherokee County Judge, Chris Davis, said the fatality that was reported was of a woman who died of her critical injuries.
Whilst the death toll varies, reports say that as many as 29 lives could have been lost over six states, with hundreds injured.