Published: Sun, April 14, 2019

Tornado touches down in Texas as severe storms threaten Southeast

Tornado touches down in Texas as severe storms threaten Southeast

The children, ages 3 and 8, were in the back seat with their parents in the front when the tree fell on their vehicle around 3 p.m., said Angelina County Sheriff's Department Captain Alton Lenderman.

With an extremely moist and unstable atmosphere in place, residents in the lower Mississippi Valley are bracing for several hours of severe weather Saturday afternoon and evening, featuring storms capable of producing long track and violent tornadoes.

As the children were in the backseat, a pine tree fell across the road and crushed the back of the auto, killing the two children.

Texas TV reports state the children were in the back seat while their parents were seated in the front of the vehicle.

Details of the MS fatalities, all of which were reported in Monroe County, were not immediately available, WCBI-TV in Columbus, Miss., reported.

Powerful storms that rolled across the South on Saturday spawned at least two suspected tornadoes, damaged homes and killed two children in Texas, authorities said.

Texas is seeing the beginning of the unsafe and severe storms forecast to slam parts of the Southeast and Ohio River Valley this weekend.

Meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister touched down Saturday in the Vicksburg, Miss., area. Franklin is located about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of Dallas.

Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak told The Associated Press a suspected tornado hit the small city of Franklin, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences.

National Weather Service meteorologist Monique (moh-NEEK') Sellers says the agency received reports of downed trees, and damage to buildings and a transmission tower.

As a strong upper level and surface low pressure system continues to rotate eastward through Texas on Saturday, clusters of thunderstorms developed Saturday morning across much of the state. Alto is situated about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of Houston.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center is cautioning that, "Strong tornadoes are possible today into tonight from east Texas into MS, with the greatest threat expected between 2PM-8PM CDT".

Jerry Redden takes a measurement outside Robertson County Care, Inc., after the food pantry was hit by a powerful storm, Saturday in Franklin, Texas.

A tornado ripped through Franklin, Texas, on Saturday, as the National Weather Service in the state posted one tornado warning after another.

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