DALLAS – Two children were killed and a dozen people injured in Texas Saturday after violent storms that caused at least one tornado and damaged several houses, authorities said.
According to the Angelina County Sheriff's Office, a child of 8 years and a 3 year old died when a strong wind spilled a tree at the back of their family's car in Lufkin while she was moving. Captain Alton Lenderman stated that the parents, who were sitting in front, were not injured.
Lufkin is about 115 miles northeast of Houston. Additional information was not immediately available.
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In central Texas, Sheriff Gerald Yezak of Robertson County told the Associated Press that an alleged tornado had hit the small town of Franklin, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences . Franklin is located about 125 miles south of Dallas.
Two people were hospitalized for life-threatening injuries, while others were treated for minor injuries, Yezak said. Some people had to be removed from their homes.
National Meteorological Meteorologist Monique Sellers said he had received reports that trees had been felled, as well as damage to buildings and a transmission tower.
The storms are part of a vast system traversing the southern United States, destroying thousands of people and causing flash floods. The weather service announced that the system should be transferred Sunday in the Ohio Valley and the southeast.
Meteorologist John Moore said that a possible twister would have landed Saturday in the Vicksburg, Mississippi area. No injuries were reported, but officials said several companies and vehicles were damaged.
Winds of up to 60 mph have been reported in Cherokee County, Texas, damaging two houses in Alto but not injuring anyone. Alto is located about 140 miles north of Houston.