Powerful, deadly storms continue to move across South

Blanche Robertson
April 14, 2019

Several buildings have been damaged after a tornado-warned storm moved through Franklin. However, the area had been under a tornado warning at the time the storm hit.

The storms most capable of producing tornadoes and large hail will be the individual, rotating cells that form ahead of a larger complex of thunderstorms.

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.

But tornadoes aren't the only possible cause of destruction Sunday.

Tornadoes in Texas killed two and destroyed homes.

The roof of a hotel in New Albany, Mississippi, was damaged, although the cause was unclear.

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A possible tornado has left damage in southeastern Alabama on Sunday morning. Earlier, two children died in East Texas after a tree fell on their moving vehicle.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency warned of a confirmed tornado around Saturday night.

Monroe County Road Manager Sonny Clay said at a news conference Sunday that a man was killed in Hamilton when a tree fell on his trailer. Tournament organizers have moved up tee times for Sunday because of the storm threat.

In East Texas, 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 children, ages 8 and 3, were dead at the scene, although both parents, who were in the front seat, escaped injury, he said.

A preliminary damage survey found that a tornado with peak intensity of EF-3 and winds up to 140 miles per hour touched down in Robertson County, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. The 13-year-old boy drowned in a drainage area in West Monroe late Saturday afternoon, the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office said.

"It looks like a storm came up through Louisiana and into MS and exploded in Monroe County", Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell told CNN.

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