Storms force school closings after killing 2 in Louisiana

Alabama was expected to be the in path of the storms Monday.

The National Weather Service issued a "particularly risky situation" tornado watch through Sunday evening over a wide area from east Texas through central and northern Louisiana and into west central MS and until 9 p.m.

"It hit the trailer, flipped it and tore its side off", Higgins said. The Upstate has not been in this high of a risk category for years, John says.

If a tornado warning is issued for your area seek shelter immediately in an interior room, away from windows. Storms look to contain heavy rainfall and create unsafe driving conditions during the morning commute, similar to this morning.

"We called Francine's name and there was no response", said Nevaeh's grandmother, Marcella Alexander. The risk is higher in parts of central SC.

But the governor says the southern part of the state is also under a "moderate and enhanced" risk for severe weather as well, calling it a "state-wide weather event".

The National Weather Service is forecasting stormy weather in Alabama in the upcoming week. "Damaging winds, possibly widespread and significant, are anticipated throughout much of the region", the NWS said earlier. Up to 6 inches of rain could fall in some areas.

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

In Rapides Parish in central Louisiana, rescuers pulled 250 people from single-family residences and a group home, said Sonya Wiley-Gremillion of the parish's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. The roof was completely removed. "By the time EMS and law enforcement could get to him he had died from his injuries", Taylor said.

Upgrades to the threat level may be warranted as we approach the mid-week time frame, if this upcoming storm system pans out the way it is now forecast by the National Weather Service.

Sprinkle says while severe weather is possible across the entire area, the best chance for damaging winds and isolated tornadoes will exist across upstate SC and here in the southern Piedmont area.

The NWS issued a "particularly unsafe situation" tornado watch through Sunday evening over a wide area from east Texas through central and northern Louisiana and into west central Mississippi. The NWS has issued flood, wind, thunderstorm, and tornado watches and warnings throughout the areas expected to be affected.

Warm, very humid air from the south was moving north to crash into the storm front spreading north, creating a "severe thunderstorm cluster" over the area, with "tornadic supercells" south of the cluster, said Ariel Cohen, a forecaster for the Storm Prediction Center.

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