8 killed, at least 16 transported to hospital as severe storms sweep across South

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At least eight people died and dozens were injured as severe storms made their way across the South this weekend, according to an Associated Press story published by Time.

The storms, which included suspected tornados and flooding, reportedly resulted in power outages in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Georgia.

Two children, age 3 and 8, died April 13 on a rural road near Pollok, Texas — which is about 160 miles southeast of Dallas — after a tree fell on the car they were riding in during a thunderstorm, Angelina County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Alton Lenderman told The New York Times.

At the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site in Alto, Texas — which is about 130 miles southeast of Dallas —a suspected tornado hit during a Native American cultural event, leaving at least one person dead and about 24 others injured, according to the Associated Press.

Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis told the Times at least 16 people were taken to the hospital from Caddo Mounds, some via helicopter, and many more people received treatment near the scene.

The Associated Press reported that one person also died in Weches, Texas, near the Caddo Mounds site, and that Franklin, Texas, in Robertson County sustained extensive damage after a tornado in the area. Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak told the publication two injured people were hospitalized and others were treated at the scene.

In Hamilton, Miss., a man in his late 90s was found dead April 14 after a tree fell on his house, Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell told the Associated Press.

In Shelby, Ohio, an apparent tornado struck April 14, causing damage to several homes and businesses, the Times Gazette reported.

The Associated Press reported that two deaths were also reported in Louisiana, where flash flooding occurred, and in Hueytown, Ala., a Birmingham suburb, a county employee died April 14 after being hit by a vehicle while he was trying to clear away trees.

 

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