Tornadoes kill two children as massive storm sweeps U.S

Tornadoes kill two children as massive storm sweeps U.S

The severe weather threat Saturday and Sunday placed almost 100 million Americans at risk of unsafe storms, tornadoes, hail and severe wind gusts, CNN Meteorologist Haley Brink said.

"Damaging winds and some hail are also associated with these storms pushing through the Southeast this morning", Brink said. However, the area had been under a tornado warning at the time the storm hit.

Meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister touched down Saturday in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, area.

"It looks like a storm came up through Louisiana and into MS and exploded in Monroe County", Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said. The Angelina County Sheriff's Office says an 8-year-old and 3-year-old died after the tree hit the back of the vehicle in Lufkin, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northeast of Houston.

The threat of severe weather will likely increase throughout the day, the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center said.

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The National Weather Service said preliminary information showed an EF-3 tornado touched down with winds of 140 miles per hour (225.3 kph).

The storm system's death toll rose to at least five on Sunday, when authorities reported the death of a Texas woman whose mobile home was destroyed Saturday night. "Get those weather radios and phone apps TURNED ON", its Birmingham office said. Multiple people were injured and several homes were damaged in Hamilton, Mississippi, said Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley.

As the storms tore through MS overnight into Sunday, they left a trail of destruction that authorities are still combing through. There are several trees down. In addition to tornadoes, many of these storms featured heavy rain, large hail and damaging winds. "We are just a mess", Cantrell said. In addition to the severe threat, local flash flooding issues may develop.

Storms that killed at least two people in Texas and one in Louisiana crossed the Mississippi/Alabama state line early Sunday, moving the risk of life-threatening winds, strong tornadoes and large hail to a large section of the United States.

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