Severe weather possible tonight; Tornado Watch issued

  • Severe weather possible tonight; Tornado Watch issued

Severe weather possible tonight; Tornado Watch issued

A suspected tornado flipped a mobile home off its foundation Sunday in Louisiana, killing a mother and her 3-year-old daughter as a powerful storm system swept through the South, damaging a handful of homes and businesses in Texas. He urged people to keep their cellphones charged and close by so that they could get severe weather alerts throughout Sunday night and Monday morning.

The storms are extremely unsafe and by no means close to being over, Gov. John Bel Edwards warned residents this afternoon.

"An additional threat with this system may be isolated flooding due to heavy rain, especially across the western part of the Carolinas where 1-3" of rain fell Friday morning.

"This is a very significant storm event", Edwards said.

The National Weather Service has advised residents to stay aware of severe weather conditions throughout the day Monday.

The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) has activated its Crisis Action Team due to the risky weather conditions across Louisiana that will likely continue Sunday evening. Between two and four inches of rain could fall in the area during that time. Customers and storm employees sought shelter in a beer cooler.

Fire officials in the Texas village of Point Venture said several people witnessed an apparent funnel cloud there Sunday morning.

"After dark, the threat shifts eastward", John Hart, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma, said by phone. The storm roared near but did not damage several other homes and a high school, Maj.

National Weather Service meteorologist Yvette Benavides with the Austin/San Antonio office says the trooper reported seeing the tornado touchdown about 8 a.m. Sunday.