The Latest: Weather service says tornado in Ohio was EF2

WARREN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the eastern and southern United States (all times local):

5:40 p.m.

The National Weather Service says a tornado in Ohio that damaged several homes and businesses and injured at least six people was an EF2 twister with estimated maximum winds of up to 125 mph (201 kph).

Weather service officials said Monday that the tornado that touched down Sunday in the Shelby area in Richland County traveled a path about 17 miles (27 kilometers) long. Authorities say damage is still being assessed in the rural northern Ohio city and the surrounding area. No deaths were reported.

The weather service also confirmed that an EF0 tornado with estimated maximum winds of about 70 mph (113 kph) swept through part of Clark County in western Ohio on Sunday. Several mobile homes were damaged. There were no reports of any injuries.

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3:50 p.m.

An East Texas sheriff has identified the two children who died in a weekend storm as brothers riding in the back seat of a moving car that was crushed by a falling pine tree.

Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches on Monday said the victims were 8-year-old Dilynn Creel and 3-year-old Jace Creel. The accident happened Saturday in a rural area near Pollok (PAH’-luhk), about 150 miles (241 kilometers) southeast of Dallas.

Sanches says the victims were from the Pollok area. The brothers were dead at the scene. Their parents, in the front seat, were not harmed.

Law enforcement officers say at least eight people died in the weekend storms from Texas into the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic region in a system that spawned some tornadoes.

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1:30 p.m.

Authorities in Virginia say severe storms have claimed the life of an elderly woman after a tree fell on her house.

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that the woman died early Monday morning.

The release said the tree fell at 1:43 a.m. It injured an 82-year-old man and killed a 78-year-old woman. Both had been asleep.

The man was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Stafford County is about an hour south of Washington.

Strong storms had swept through parts of the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic region. They damaged homes and businesses and causing injuries after storms in the South killed at least eight people.

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1:20 p.m.

The National Weather Service says a tornado touched down in northern Pennsylvania over the weekend, causing significant damage to a lumber company.

Forecasters say the twister touched down in Starbrick in Warren County’s Conewago Township just before 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Officials said Carter Lumber Company sustained “extensive damage” and a boat was lifted off the ground.

WICU-TV reports that the roof of the company blew off and mangled pieces of metal littered the road.

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10:40 a.m.

The National Weather Service says more than a dozen tornadoes have been confirmed in the South after a weekend of violent weather that left at least eight people dead.

The agency says a survey team found evidence of an EF-3 twister with winds of at least 136 mph near Weches, Texas, and two other smaller tornadoes touched down in the same region Saturday. Another EF-3 twister flattened part of Franklin, Texas.

The system moved eastward into Mississippi, where the weather service says teams have confirmed eight tornadoes. And at least three weak tornadoes struck Alabama on Sunday.

The weather says the numbers could go up because teams are still assessing damage.

Four people were killed in Texas. The other victims died in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Meanwhile, much of the eastern Great Lakes and mid-Atlantic woke up Monday to damaged buildings, closed schools, and dark homes and businesses after powerful storms that spawned at least one confirmed tornado.

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9:55 a.m.

Much of the eastern Great Lakes and mid-Atlantic have woken up to damaged buildings, closed schools, and dark homes and businesses after powerful storms that spawned at least one tornado.

The National Weather Service says a tornado touched down Sunday evening in Shelby, Ohio, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southwest of Cleveland. A half-dozen homes were damaged and at least six people were injured.

The weather service says high winds in Pennsylvania that may have been tornadoes flattened a house and several barns and blew out windows. Toppled trees are blocking streets.

The storms collapsed a roof at a New Jersey apartment complex, disrupted rail service in the mid-Atlantic and caused airport delays.

Tens of thousands of utility customers are without power across the region.

Severe weather had also swept the South on Sunday, unleashing suspected tornadoes and flooding that killed at least eight people, injured dozens and flattened much of a Texas town.

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8:35 a.m.

Tens of thousands of utility customers are without power as powerful storms roar through the mid-Atlantic region.

The storms caused the roof to collapse Monday morning at a New Jersey apartment complex, though no injuries were reported. The weather also disrupted rail service in the region and caused some delays at airports.

The storms — containing heavy rains, lightning and strong winds — swept across the South Sunday after unleashing suspected tornadoes and flooding that killed at least eight people, injured dozens and flattened much of a Texas town. Three children were among the dead.

Two children were killed on a back road in East Texas when a pine tree fell onto a car they were riding in a severe thunderstorm Saturday near Pollok, about 150 miles (241 kilometers) southeast of Dallas.

Associated Press

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