Tornado-Infested Storms Kill One, Leave Thousands Without Power

At least one person died, and almost 500,000 homes and businesses lost power in the Southeast and Ohio Valley during severe tornado-spawning storms.

Emergency management officials informed The New York Times that the death occurred Sunday in Martin County, southern Indiana, after intense storms. The Times reported that Martin County Emergency Management Director Monty Wolf said rescuers were hunting for more victims.

Bargersville, Indiana, residents were informed they could lose power for two days after a potential twister destroyed hundreds of homes.

On Monday morning, PowerOutage.us reported over 100,000 customers in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas without power.

Over 90 million people face severe weather Monday as the storm system moves east. The Mid-Atlantic and Northeast have an “enhanced” danger of numerous thunderstorms later in the day. Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Raleigh, NC, are high-risk areas.

Boston, Atlanta, and Montgomery, Alabama are level 1 “marginal” risk areas, whereas New York City, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Columbia, South Carolina, are level 2 “slight” risk areas. Through Monday evening, damaging winds and hail are the primary hazards. Tornadoes are probable.

Central Carolinas, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wyoming areas might see 2+ inch hail on Monday.

The primary hazard from severe thunderstorms Monday is destructive winds in Oklahoma, Mississippi, Texas, and New Mexico.

The Sunday storm system produced approximately 400 storm reports in 12 states, including four tornadoes, 280 wind reports, and over 100 hail incidents.

The storms hit as almost 40 million people from Arizona to Alabama are sweating in a heat wave forecast to last through the July 4 holiday week.

At least two people died Friday in Big Bend National Park’s 119-degree heat.

75 Indianapolis-area homes were damaged.

Funkhouser claimed one of the Bargersville Firehouses “witnessed the tornado going just north of the firehouse” around 4:15 p.m., then reports of homes collapsing and damage began.

Funkhouser said the tornado “took down the apartment complex under construction” and damaged 75 homes.

The fire chief reported no significant injuries in Bargersville Sunday evening.

Funkhouser stated this was Johnson County’s second tornado in three months. “It’s amazing to have two tornadoes come through, that was on the ground for that amount of time in Johnson County and for us to hopefully – once we get through this – find out there were minor injuries only.”

Social media videos showed a funnel-shaped cloud sweeping across buildings and debris. Roofs were later pulled off several dwellings.

“From the photos and videos, it was a tornado. On Sunday, National Weather Service Indianapolis Meteorologist Joseph Nield told CNN that a survey team would make a final decision tomorrow.

Bargersville is 17 miles south of Indianapolis in Johnson County.

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