Several tornadoes have left at least eight dead, including three children, in the southern United States, according to U.S. authorities, who warned Sunday that a severe thunderstorm was approaching.
“We’re going to have severe weather from Florida to New York, with most of the unstable areas in Georgia,” said meteorologist David Roth of the U.S. National Weather Service’s Prediction Center.
A strong tornado made landfall Sunday in Enigma, Georgia, after 17 others were detected Saturday and Sunday in Texas and Alabama. “Where you have a tornado you have threats of severe thunderstorms,” Roth said. Two brothers, ages 3 and 8, died after a tree fell on their car in Pollok, Texas, as a spokesman for the Angelina County Sheriff’s Department explained. A third-year-old boy, 13, drowned Saturday afternoon when he was trapped in a drainage ditch due to heavy flooding.
About 2,300 flights were cancelled Sunday afternoon, most of them at airports in Chicago, Houston and Charlotte, among others, according to USA Today.
Phil Bryant, governor of Mississippi state, said at least one person died and 11 others were injured over the weekend from tornadoes, which have damaged 17 counties and left some 26,000 properties without electricity. “It could have been much worse,” Bryant said before declaring an emergency in affected areas, including Monroe County, where he decreed a curfew between 8 p.m. on Sunday and 6 a.m. on Monday.