Children killed, thousands without power after violent storms hammer US

Children killed, thousands without power after violent storms hammer US

"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.

No injuries have been reported near the campus.

The threat will begin on Wednesday afternoon from Texas north to Iowa, with the greatest threat in Texas and Oklahoma, Hennen said.

Severe weather that moved across the southern USA on Saturday left at least eight people dead, injured dozens of others and ravaged numerous homes in its path.

Authorities in MS have identified the man who they say was killed after a tornado struck his town.

"They were at the wrong place at the wrong time", Capt. Alton Lenderman of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office told The New York Times. The children were in a auto with their parents, when a massive tree fell on their vehicle due to strong winds, killing both minors on the spot.

There were reports of multiple injuries in the Robertson County town of Franklin, the NWS said, and KWTX reported widespread damage there.

The weather service also says preliminary information showed an EF-3 tornado with winds of 140 mph touched down in Franklin, located about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of Dallas.

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Almost 90,000 customers were without electricity in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Georgia as of midday Sunday, according to www.poweroutage.us as the severe weather left a trail of destruction.

Police in Monroe County earlier described the destruction from the storm Saturday evening.

The Angelina County Sheriff's Office says an 8-year-old and 3-year-old died after the tree hit the back of the auto in Lufkin, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northeast of Houston.

The entire town of Franklin and neighboring Bremond lost electricity, with 3,088 customers without power early Sunday. The death is believed to be storm related, the sheriff's office said.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency warned of a confirmed tornado around Saturday night. We have a lot of flooding. "We are just a mess", Cantrell said.

At Georgia's Augusta National Golf Club, organizers of The Masters golf tournament moved up tee times Sunday to try to beat unsafe weather.

Steady winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour are expected to gust as high as 40 to 50 miles per hour, the weather service said.

A line of thunderstorms will push in from the west after sunset too, at which point the main threat is high wind gusts and torrential rain.

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