A series of deadly storms left paths of destruction across the southeast, on Easter, April 3, 2020.
A four-year-old boy is among the victims of a tornado that tore through the greater Chattanooga area on Easter, first-responders in Hamilton County have confirmed.
The boy died after the EF-3 tornado hit his family’s East Brainerd home Sunday and was among at least three people killed after devastating storms swept through Southeast Tennessee.
“Chattanooga Fire Department it’s (sic) sad to report that the four-year-old victim of Sunday’s tornado has passed away,” the agency posted Wednesday night.
Grayson Meadows and his father Mikey were in a house with family off Batters Place Road when the tornado hit, according to the Times Free Press. They were both hospitalized and in the ICU.
His mother, Danyelle Meadows, confirmed her son’s death on social media.
“Our little fighter has ran to the arms of Jesus,” his mother posted on Wednesday. “He will donate his organs and save tons of kids and maybe even some adults and I know that’s what Grayson would want.”
Previously, his mother posted asking for prayers.
“Tell God to do what the doctors say is not possible,” she wrote in a public Facebook post. “Heal him fully and leave him here on this earth with me. Please. I cannot lose my boy. His name is Grayson. He is 4 years old.”
According to the National Weather Service, at least 105 tornadoes touched down across the U.S. after a deadly storm system began on Easter, including the one that claimed the boy’s life.
According to the NWS, the twisters’ combined path is 771.86 miles.
Storm surveys continue in other areas and weather experts say the total number of tornadoes will likely increase further.
This is a developing story.
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