Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Dead as Storms Continue Across the Southern US

Dead as Storms Continue Across the Southern US

The Angelina County Sheriff's Office in Texas said an 8-year-old and a 3-year-old died when strong winds toppled a tree onto the back of their family's vehicle in Lufkin, located about 115 miles northeast of Houston. In nearby Cherokee County, winds of up to 60 mph damaged two homes in the town of Alto, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of Houston. Trees were down and at least some minor structural damage was reported in residential areas east of the campus.

Multiple injuries were also reported in the town of Franklin, Texas where a large preliminary EF-3 tornado with winds of 140 miles per hour moved through the town on Saturday.

Trees were pulled up by the roots, roofs were torn off buildings and the cinderblock foundation was all that was left of a mobile home in the town, which is southeast of Waco.

We're monitoring as potential severe weather moves through the area Sunday The WTXL First Alert Weather team says local effects are being felt now. The main time frame is from approximately 4 p.m. until 2 a.m.; earlier time west of I-55, then later farther east as storms moves across the state.

Authorities say a possible tornado has touched down in western MS, causing damage to several businesses and vehicles.

Tornadoes in Texas killed two and destroyed homes.

The same system caused damage in Columbus, Mississippi. Capt. Alton Lenderman said the parents, who were in the front seats, were not injured.

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Texas is seeing the beginning of the unsafe and severe storms forecast to slam parts of the Southeast and Ohio River Valley this weekend.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center is cautioning that, "Strong tornadoes are possible today into tonight from east Texas into MS, with the greatest threat expected between 2PM-8PM CDT". Franklin is about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of Dallas.

In addition to the potential for tornado development, the strong line of storms will also produce damaging winds and heavy rain, capable of producing flash floods, particularly in Arkansas and parts of MS and Alabama. Some people had to be extricated from their homes.

Authorities said 13-year-old Sebastian Omar Martinez drowned in a drainage canal after flash flooding struck Bawcomville, near Monroe, said Deputy Glenn Springfield of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Department.

He said the threat for severe weather is greatest at such times but that the risk remained even after warm temperatures dropped.

National Weather Service meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister touched down in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, area.

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