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2 children dead, many homes damaged as storms pummel South

AP  |  Dallas 

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.

The said an 8-year-old and a 3-year-old died when strong winds toppled a tree onto the back of their family's car in Lufkin while it was in motion. Capt. said the parents, who were in the front seats, were not injured.

Lufkin is about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northeast of Additional information was not immediately available.

In Central Texas, Robertson told a tornado hit the small city of Franklin, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences. is located about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of

The said preliminary information showed an EF-3 tornado touched down with winds of 140 mph (225.3 kph). Crews will continue to survey the damage over the next few days.

Two people were hospitalized for injuries not thought to be life-threatening, while others were treated at the scene for minor injuries, Yezak said. Some people had to be extricated from their homes.

Weather service said they've received reports of downed trees, as well as damage to buildings and a transmission tower.

The storms are part of a large system moving through the southern United States, knocking out power to thousands and causing some flooding. The weather service said the system is expected to shift to the and the Southeast on Sunday. More than 140,000 customers remained without power in Texas, Mississippi, and late Saturday.

said a possible twister touched down Saturday in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, area. No injuries have been reported, but officials said several businesses and vehicles were damaged. Trees were down throughout the hilly city on a bluff overlooking the

Heavy rains and storms continued to rake the Magnolia State into the night, with State University's 21,000 students huddling in basements and hallways as a tornado came near the school's campus in

University said some debris, possibly carried by the tornado, was found on campus, but no injuries were reported and no buildings were damaged.

Trees were down and at least some minor structural damage was reported in residential areas east of the campus.

Winds of up to 60 mph (96.56 kph) were reported in Cherokee County, Texas, damaging two homes in Alto but not injuring anyone. Alto is situated about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 13:15 IST
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