More severe storms lash the southeast US

Damaging winds and violent storms with large hail bring down trees and power lines across the Deep South.

    A category EF-1 tornado touched down near Oswichee, Alabama before crossing the state line into Georgia [EPA]
    A category EF-1 tornado touched down near Oswichee, Alabama before crossing the state line into Georgia [EPA]

    Another round of thunderstorms and tornadoes swept through the southern US on Sunday. Several states were affected, but this should finally bring to a close a prolonged spell of severe weather across the region.

    Damage was reported in Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Ohio. Alabama had the nastiest conditions with a number of tornadoes reported there and winds frequently gusting around 100kph.

    There was even a confirmed category EF-1 tornado that touched down in Russell County, just west of Oswichee, before crossing the state line into Georgia.

    A number of trees were brought down. There was some structural damage to houses and in the south of the state around 5,000 homes lost power for a time. Meanwhile 1,200 people in Georgia also found themselves in the dark.

    In Arkansas, there were hail stones the size of golf balls that caused damage to vehicles and roof tops in Montgomery County. Elsewhere, there were trees uprooted in South Carolina and Ohio, where the ground has become long since saturated.

    The worst of the weather is now heading across the Mid-Atlantic States and the Boston Marathon is likely to be a rather wet and windy affair.

    Residents are likely to be relieved to know that there should not be any snow around. Nearby New Hampshire and Maine are expected to see some wintry flurries by the end of Monday.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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