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Children Dead, Several People Hurt in Strong Texas Storms

Children Dead, Several People Hurt in Strong Texas Storms

The storms are part of a large system moving through the southern U.S. Trees were down throughout the hilly city on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi. Multiple people were injured and several homes were damaged in Hamilton, Mississippi, said Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley.

The roof of a hotel in New Albany, Mississippi, was damaged, although the cause was unclear.

The two children, a 3-year-old and 8-year-old, were both pronounced dead at the scene in Lufkin, Texas, when a tree fell on the auto they were sitting in Saturday afternoon.

Texas TV reports state the children were in the back seat while their parents were seated in the front of the vehicle. University spokesman Sid Salter said some debris, possibly carried by the tornado, was found on campus, but no injuries were reported and no buildings were damaged. Franklin is located about 200 kilometres south of Dallas.

A curfew was in effect from 8 p.m.to 7 a.m. Sunday in Franklin, Texas, about 125 miles south of Dallas, following a direct hit from a tornado that overturned mobile homes and damaged other residences.

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According to the National Weather Service, the tornado was rain-wrapped and moved through Milam into Robertson County.

The storm that took two lives in Angelina County was a separate incident from the tornado that pummeled Franklin, Texas, late Saturday morning.However, the cells are part of the same system that developed in West Texas on Friday night and strengthened as it moved eastward through the state.

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.

Emergency radio traffic indicated that search crews were having difficulty reaching damaged structures due to downed trees and power lines in the roadway. Some people had to be extricated from their homes.

The National Weather Service in Memphis, Tennessee said in addition to the fatalities, rescue efforts are underway with entrapments reported. The system is expected to arrive in Georgia later on Sunday, which prompted the Masters Tournament to move up all tee times for the final round in hopes of finishing the golfing event before the storms arrive. Winds of up to 60 miles per hour (97 kph) were reported Saturday in Cherokee County, damaging two homes in Alto (AL'-toh) but not injuring anyone. Alto is about 140 miles north of Houston.