Two children were killed Saturday in Texas as severe weather hit southern parts of the country, tornadoes ripping houses and hail warnings and sudden floods.
The children, aged 3 and 8, were returning home with their parents on a rural county road near Pollok, Texas, about 130 km northeast of Houston, when a tree fell on their car, said Captain Alton Lenderman of Angelina County. Sheriff's Office.
The children, who were at the back, were declared dead on the scene.
"They were in the wrong place at the wrong time," said Captain Lenderman. "The tree fell just as they went under."
The National Weather Service said that severe storms and damage from wind and hail have affected many areas of the south, particularly east of Texas to the west of the country. Alabama. There were several reports of tornadoes.
Photos of the destruction of storms in Franklin, Texas, about 120 km northwest of Houston, showed homes destroyed after a tornado. Personal items, pieces of wall and furniture were scattered everywhere, with trees scattered on the ground. About a dozen people have been injured, although injuries do not seem to be life threatening, reported the Associated Press.
Significant damage has also been reported in Cherokee County, particularly at the Caddo Mounds Historic Site. "I've seen tornadoes, but nothing like that," Sherokee sheriff James E. Campbell of Cherokee County told KLTV, a local news channel.
Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis said in an interview that an outdoor event was taking place on the site when a tornado struck. It's the second tornado that has fallen in the county, he said.
At least 16 people were taken to the hospital from the site, some by helicopter, Davis said. Many others were treated near the stage. He added that search and rescue operations continued until it was dark outside.
"It was pretty scary," Davis said.
The first tornado hit the outskirts of the city of Alto, Texas, he said. More than 50 buildings were damaged, he said, adding that high school and primary school had suffered "considerable damage".
"There are only big trees, roofs, houses," he said.
In Angelina County, Captain Lenderman said that on Saturday night, the storms had largely disappeared. He added that some power lines had been destroyed and that other trees had been cut down.