First Alert Forecast: The Midlands could see strong to severe storms Sunday

Olive Hawkins
April 15, 2019

Three children were among the dead.

The severe weather left dozens of others injured, and roughly 60,000 people were without power as of Sunday evening in Texas, Tennessee, Georgia and MS combined.

Pollok, Texas, a little over 100 miles northeast of Franklin, saw two children, aged 3 and 8, killed by a falling tree that landed on the vehicle in which they were riding on Saturday.

After arriving at the scene, police were able to determine "that two children age 8 and 3 were trapped in the back seat of the auto under the tree".

Mississippi State University's 21,000 students huddled in basements and hallways as a tornado came near the school's campus in Starkville. No fatalities were reported.

The massive storm system that killed several people from Texas to MS is now barreling east, threatening to spawn tornadoes and other catastrophic weather from New England to the Gulf Coast. Franklin is about 125 miles (200 kilometres) south of Dallas.

It destroyed 55 homes, a church, four businesses, a duplex, and part of the local housing authority building, authorities said.

Two people were hospitalized for injuries not thought to be life-threatening, while others were treated at the scene for minor injuries, Yezak said. Some people had to be extricated from damaged dwellings.

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Franklin, Texas, was the victim of a large preliminary EF-3 tornado which caused winds of 140mph to devastate the town, causing significant damage. Trees were down throughout the hilly city on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi. Nineteen residents were taken to hospitals, including two in critical condition. Multiple people were injured and several homes were damaged in Hamilton, Mississippi, said Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley. More than 140,000 customers lost power in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas as of late Saturday.

"We're living, and God has blessed us", Scott, a retired manager for a grocery store meat department, said Sunday as neighbors helped him salvage his belongings.

The National Weather Service says a twister was reported Saturday night in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, area.

No injuries have been reported near the campus.

Trees were pulled from the ground by their roots and the tornado caused structural damage to buildings including tearing off roofs. "Some storms may also produce large hail or torrential downpours resulting in localized flash flooding", the National Weather Service tweeted.

"Around 10:15 p.m. on Saturday, "deputies responded to a report of a submerged vehicle in floodwater" in Calhoun County", Springfield told PEOPLE in a statement.

Storms have now moved out of North Alabama and the tornado watch from the early morning hours has expired. Starting out with hit and miss storms this morning, storms should remain below severe limits early but that all changes later today.

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