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Texas, Louisiana brace for possible flooding and tornadoes

Alfredo Watts | 05 April, 2017, 00:10

Two people were killed Sunday as a powerful thunderstorm system swept across Texas and Louisiana, spinning off tornadoes, dumping large hail and threatening severe flooding well into the new week.

The warnings come after severe weather killed at least 21 people in the South earlier this year, many in mobile homes demolished by tornadoes in Georgia and Mississippi.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said the Weather Service had issued a "high risk" advisory for central and northern Louisiana, warning residents to be vigilant of the threat of severe weather. However, time is on our side considering this storm system won't make it into our area until after sunset...minimizing the instability factor that's a big portion needed for "severe weather".

Two other people died earlier in Louisiana.

Facing the possibility of severe weather, the University of SC postponed a celebration for the school's women's basketball team, which won the national collegiate championship on Sunday.

Thomas said authorities got a call from a woman saying her auto was being swept off into the water around 4 a.m. Authorities immediately began looking for the woman but couldn't immediately find her.

The marginal risk area includes Birmingham, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, Decatur, Gadsden and Florence.

As the storms rumbled east on Monday, officials in Georgia also reported damage, and a welcome home party for South Carolina's national championship women's basketball team was postponed.

Some of the heaviest rains fell in central Louisiana from Sunday into early Monday.

About 18,000 homes and businesses were without power in MS, he said. "There was a mother and daughter inside and both were killed". Up to 6 inches of rain could fall in some areas. The storms will bring the risk of large hail, isolated tornadoes and flash flooding.

St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Maj.

But the impact of the morning storms isn't known, and there remains uncertainty in how the afternoon convection evolves. Travis County Emergency Services District 1 Fire Chief Donnie Norman said there were several structures with severe damage. Again the day will be fine, this threat is for the overnight hours as a warm front lifts north, and a few strong and possibly severe storms are likely to develop after midnight into Wednesday. "There's also a significant risk for tomorrow in MS into southern Alabama and so on as the system keeps moving".