'We got to go to the basement!' Woman terrified as EF2 tornado bore down on her neighborhood
June 24, 2019; 1:24 PM
Severe weather spread over Texas to Indiana on Sunday, bringing heavy rain, powerful winds, large hail and tornadoes.
The system that triggered the severe storms on Sunday was the culprit behind a multi-day severe weather outbreak that began during the middle of last week across the central United States. On Saturday, tornadoes touched down in four states: Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas and Texas. Fortunately, no injuries or significant damage was reported.
"That wasn't the case in the Southeast, where a complex of severe storms rolled from Tennessee all the way to the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina. Numerous trees were uprooted from these storms, which contained estimated wind gusts of 60 mph," AccuWeather Meteorologist Bill Deger said.
The storms continued across the central U.S. on Sunday. A reported "stovepipe tornado" appeared in St. Joseph County in northern Indiana on Sunday night. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a tornado warning for the area until 9:15 p.m. CST.
"Oh my God! We got to go to the basement," a video captured a woman terrified at the sight of the tornado. "I'm serious, guys. What are we waiting for? Come on, guys."
The rest of the onlookers appeared to be relatively unfazed by the suspected tornado lingering outside their home. The footage of the possible tornado was captured in South Bend around 8:40 p.m.
Among the buildings impacted by the likely tornado was the Growing Kids Learning Center, a pre-school and daycare facility in South Bend. The facility was closed at the time of the storm and no injuries were reported, but it sustained extensive damage.
The NWS surveyed the damage on Monday and classified the twister that hit as an EF2 tornado that packed top winds of 115-125 mph and was on the ground for about two miles.
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The potential tornado, along with powerful winds, knocked down trees and power lines, leaving hundreds of customers in the area without power.
Indiana was not the only state to be affected by power outages from the storm. Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Arkansas also reported a high number of power outages that lingered into Monday morning, according to poweroutage.us. Nearly 100,000 customers remained without power in Texas on Monday.
A storm caused significant damage to a dock in Moors Resort and Marina in Gilbertsville, Kentucky, on Sunday, the Local 6 News Team reported. The damage survey team from the NWS office in Paducah, Kentucky, found preliminary EF1 tornado damage to the dock.
Storm damage was also reported at local churches in the Paducah area. A tree collapsed onto the roof of the Lebanon United Methodist Church in Hendron, Kentucky. And nearby in Smithland, a roof collapsed inside the Harbor Holiness Church, leaving a pile of debris.
Also in the Paducah area, a female student collapsed on the Murray State University campus during the storms on Sunday. There were originally reports that the woman was struck by lightning, but the cause of the injury remains unconfirmed, the Local 6 News team reports.
In areas of Mississippi, the winds were so powerful that they not only knocked down trees and power lines, but they even blew the roof off the concession stand near Central Hinds Academy, located in Raymond, Mississippi, near Jackson. Local WLBT News Reporter and Anchor Reggi Marion captured the significant storm damage at Central Hinds Academy, showing the damages to the buildings and computers.
Significant storm damage at Central Hinds Academy in Raymond. Buildings and computers damaged. Winds blew the roof off the concession stand. pic.twitter.com/PnHQTwEcbB
— Reggi Marion WLBT (@ReggiMarion) June 24, 2019
Texas was also hit hard by the storm on Sunday into Monday morning. Videos have appeared on social media showing the strength and power of the storms, including heavy downpours, lightning and strong winds.
Flights in and out of airports in both Houston and Dallas were delayed or canceled on Sunday into Monday as a result of the severe weather. At Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), nearly 1,000 flights in and out were delayed or canceled on Sunday, according to FlightAware.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said a lightning strike caused a radio communications outage between Air Traffic Control and pilots at DFW and Dallas Love Field airport on Sunday night. A back-up system was used at the time as flights started moving again.
The line of severe weather caused the FAA to slow down or stop all air traffic in the impacted region from Houston to New Orleans, with concerns of wind shear, lightning and turbulence.
FAA said on Monday that severe weather would likely slow flights at major airports across the eastern and central U.S, such as in Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
— Lina de Florias (@linadeflorias) June 24, 2019
Heavy rains flooded areas in the central U.S., including Missouri and Oklahoma, on Sunday morning, leading to travel disruptions, water rescues and at least one fatality.
In southwestern Missouri, multiple water rescues were performed due to heavy flooding on Sunday morning. Local officials reported flash flooding, as up to 6 inches of rain had fallen and already triggered flash flooding at 10 a.m. CDT Sunday. Washed out roads and damaged buildings were also reported in these areas.
In eastern Oklahoma, one woman reportedly drowned after driving into a flooded creek, the Associated Press reported. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol found 64-year-old Vickie Darnell Sunday morning after she had attempted to drive her vehicle through a flooded crossing across Sugar Loaf Creek. Darnell's vehicle was swept off the road at about 4:30 a.m. CDT.
Rapid rises occurred on smaller creeks and rivers across the region, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said. The Buffalo Creek near Tiff City, Missouri, rose 8 feet to moderate flood stage in just two hours on Sunday morning.
Heavy rain also triggered flooding farther north around Kansas City, Missouri. The city was inundated with 3.50 inches of rain from late Saturday to Sunday morning, Pydynowski said.
"Late Tuesday, the threat will shift back into the central Plains, and then the northern Plains on Wednesday," Deger said.