2 children killed as storms lash Texas

2 children killed as storms lash Texas

Multiple structures in Franklin, Texas were destroyed by a tornado on Saturday, as severe weather swept through eastern Texas toward Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a moderate risk (level 4 out of 5) for severe weather Saturday across parts of the Lower Mississippi Valley. The Angelina County Sheriff's Office says an 8-year-old and 3-year-old died after the tree hit the back of the auto in Lufkin, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northeast of Houston. The children were pronounced dead at the scene.

But "the storm is so vigorous that tornadoes are still possible after dark", he said.

Storms hammered east Texas on Saturday, with two children killed when a tree fell on a auto, authorities said. Franklin is about 125 miles (200 kilometres) south of Dallas.

The powerful system will create the potential for life-threatening winds, strong tornadoes and large hail. Some people had to be extricated from their homes.

Heavy rains and storms raked MS into the night Saturday as the storms moved east.

"It looks like a storm came up through Louisiana and into MS and exploded in Monroe County", Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell told CNN. Nineteen residents were taken to hospitals, including two in critical condition.

In Hamilton, Mississippi, 72-year-old Robert Scott said he had been sleeping in his recliner late Saturday when he was awakened and found himself in his yard after a tornado ripped most of his home off its foundation. "We are just a mess", Cantrell said.

As always, the First Alert weather Team is watching and providing updates on the weather. No injuries were reported, but officials said several businesses and vehicles were damaged.

The roof of a hotel in New Albany, Mississippi, was damaged, although the cause was unclear. Damage from a possible tornado was also reported on Saturday afternoon in Alto, Texas. Trees were down and at least some minor damage was reported in residential areas east of the campus. Heavy rain may also lead to localized flash flooding in areas prone to flooding. Though the storm system will lose some strength by the time it hits the Harrisburg area around 11 p.m. or midnight, heavy rain, thunderstorms and flooding in poor-drainage areas can be expected, along with wind gusts of 30 to 40 miles per hour. "Get those weather radios and phone apps TURNED ON", its Birmingham office said.

He said the threat for severe weather is greatest at such times.

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