Curfew in effect for Franklin after possible tornado

Cheryl Sanders
April 14, 2019

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 auto in Lufkin while it was in motion.

Texas experienced the beginning of the unsafe and severe storms Saturday. They were in the back seat with their parents in the front, said Angelina County Sheriff's Department Capt. Alton Lenderman.

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

At least five people were killed late Saturday, April 13, after a tornado hit southern Monroe County, Mississippi.

Storms hammered east Texas on Saturday, with two children killed when a tree fell on a vehicle, authorities said.

Heavy rains and storms continued to rake the Magnolia State into the night, moving into Alabama.

Another possible tornado touched down in the Vicksburg, Miss., area but no injuries were reported Saturday.

Robertson County Texas Sheriff Gerald Yezak (YEZ'-ik) told The Associated Press that a suspected tornado hit Franklin on Saturday, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences. Franklin is located about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of Dallas.

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

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

Tornadoes embedded in the storms pose a significant risk overnight since they are hard to see and people are less likely to receive warnings while they're asleep, Van Dam said.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has also been announced for Chattooga, Dade, and Walker counties until 8:30 a.m. and Floyd County until 8:45 a.m., with 60 miles per hour winds expected.

"Potential for widespread severe thunderstorms Sunday across much of the Eastern US".

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

The system will begin to move through Alabama overnight and is expected to reach Georgia by Sunday morning. Alto is about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of Houston. Most of the 3,500 electricity customers in Robertson County lost power as the storm passed, according to KHOU in Houston.

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