Multiple injuries after tornado rips through east Texas

Lester Mason
April 14, 2019

The Angelina County Sheriff's Office 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 while it was in motion.

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 parents were in the fronts seats and were not injured.

Additional details were not immediately available.

At least five people were killed late Saturday, April 13, after a tornado hit southern Monroe County, Mississippi.

Powerful storms - including tornadoes - were leaving a trail of death and destruction across the South over the weekend, with at least five people killed and many more injured in MS early Sunday after two children reportedly died in Texas on Saturday.

The storms are part of a large system moving through the southern U.S.

CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said the warm air present during Saturday afternoon enhanced the atmosphere's instability, creating more energy for storms to tap into and aiding in their development.

Robertson County Texas Sheriff Gerald Yezak said a suspected tornado hit Franklin, a small city about 125 miles south of Dallas.

The severe weather threat Sunday places almost 100 Million Americans at risk of risky storms, tornadoes, hail and severe wind gusts, CNN Meteorologist Derek Van Dam said.

He says two people were taken to a hospital with injuries that aren't thought to be life-threatening and that about a dozen others were treated at the scene for minor injuries, including people who 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.

Winds of up to 60 miles per hour were also reported on Saturday in Cherokee County, damaging two homes in Alto but not injuring anyone.

A powerful storm system has ripped through a broad swath of Texas, with reports of "significant damage" and injuries from a tornado in Franklin.

"Potential for widespread severe thunderstorms Sunday across much of the Eastern US".

The city is under a curfew from 8 7 a.m. local time, and Saturday night's prom for Franklin High School had to be postponed. Alto is situated about 225 kilometres north of Houston. Most of the 3,500 electricity customers in Robertson County lost power as the storm passed, according to KHOU in Houston.

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