Two children killed as storms, tornadoes move through Texas

Cheryl Sanders
April 15, 2019

Damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes are all possible.

At least seven people, including three children, have been killed after a series of devastating tornadoes swept through the South. "Take cover now", the NWS office said.

The tree "flattened the auto like a pancake", said Capt. Alton Lenderman of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office.

"We'll be seeing severe weather from Florida to NY, with the most unstable parts so far in Georgia", said meteorologist David Roth of the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center.

The most significant risk of severe weather is expected Saturday, but there's still considerable potential Sunday. Trees were pulled up by the roots, roofs torn off buildings and the cinder block foundation was all that was left of a mobile home in the town, which is southeast of Waco.

The children, ages 3 and 8, were killed when a tree fell on a vehicle Saturday. Four other people were injured after the trailer was struck.

As of early Sunday, all of Franklin and its neighboring city of Bremond were without electricity. The death is believed to be storm related, the sheriff's office said.

CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said the warm air present during the afternoon enhanced the atmosphere's instability, creating more energy for storms to tap into and aiding in their development.

"The storm is so vigorous that tornadoes are still possible after dark", Myers said.

"A strip of homes on the other side of town over here are completely gone, just gone, everything is gone", Robertson County Emergency Management Coordinator Billy Huggins told NBC News.

As the storms tore through MS overnight into Sunday, they left a trail of destruction that authorities are still combing through.

Mississippi's Monroe County was also hit hard, as multiple homes as well as the local fire station were destroyed, reported CNN. We have a lot of flooding, there are several trees down.

Georgia's Augusta National Golf Club is included in the slight risk area Sunday as the Masters golf tournament concludes.

- After one line of damaging storms moved across north Georgia earlier Sunday, a new Severe Thunderstorm Watch covers much of the same area Sunday evening. Very heavy rain - capable of producing pockets of flash flooding, damaging wind gusts, hail, and even an isolated, short-lived tornado can not be ruled out.

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