Strong storms sweep south, killing at least 2 people in Texas and 5 in Mississippi



Violent storms – including tornadoes – have left a trail of death and destruction in the south this weekend. At least five people were killed and many others injured in Mississippi early Sunday after the death of two children in Texas on Saturday.

Children aged 3 and 8 died when a tree spilled in the back of their family car in Lufkin, in Angelina County, while on the move, confirmed the County Sheriff. The parents were sitting in front and were not injured.

Details of deaths in Mississippi, all of which were reported in Monroe County, were not immediately available, reported WCBI-TV in Columbus, Missouri.

According to reports, the storms that have devastated the south in recent days have razed houses and trees and caused power outages.

Parts of the state were placed under tornado surveillance until 5 am Sunday, the station reported.

In Texas, a hail the size of a baseball fell north of San Antonio, a larger hail falling closer to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

A car drops upside down in a ditch as a result of an alleged tornado on Saturday, April 13, 2019 in Franklin, Texas. (Associated Press)

A car drops upside down in a ditch as a result of an alleged tornado on Saturday, April 13, 2019 in Franklin, Texas. (Associated Press)

The curfew was in effect from 20h. Sunday in Franklin, Texas, about 200 km south of Dallas, following a direct blow from a tornado that toppled mobile homes and damaged other homes. Two people sustained non-life-threatening injuries and others were treated for minor injuries, said Sheriff Gerald Yezak of Robertson County.

Another tornado could land in the Vicksburg, Missouri area, but no injuries were reported Saturday. Students from Mississippi State University shelter in basements and hallways when a tornado spreads near the Starkville campus.

STRONG AND FATAL STORMS CONTINUE TO MOVE SOUTHWARD

The National Weather Service in Jackson canceled a tornado watch early Sunday, saying there would be no other service time.

Debris was found but no injuries were reported, said University spokesman Sid Salter.

Debris is scattered in the flooded waters in the Pemberton Quarters mall after Saturday's weather in Vicksburg, Miss. (Associated Press)

Debris is scattered in the flooded waters in the Pemberton Quarters mall after Saturday's weather in Vicksburg, Miss. (Associated Press)

The severe weather was to continue on Sunday and cross the great south.

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"All severe weather is expected this weekend, from violent gusts of wind and hail to frequent lightning, sudden floods and tornadoes," said Alex Sosnowski, Senior Meteorologist at AccuWeather.

More than 140,000 people remained without power in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas on Saturday night. The National Meteorological Service has indicated that the storm is expected to move from the Ohio Valley to the southeast.

Associated Press contributed to this report.


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