Tornadoes kill at least three children as massive storm sweeps U.S

Tornadoes kill at least three children as massive storm sweeps U.S

Tornadoes kill at least three children as massive storm sweeps U.S

Multiple injuries were reported in the Robertson County town of Franklin, the NWS said. CNN affiliate KWTX reported widespread damage there, including uprooted trees and roofs ripped off buildings. The children, ages 8 and 3, were dead at the scene, although both parents, who were in the front seat, escaped injury, he said.

Storms could bring damaging winds and isolated threats of large hail and tornadoes, meteorologists said.

At least 25 people were taken to hospitals for treatment after a suspected tornado struck the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site in East Texas during a Native American cultural event in Alto, about 130 miles (209 kilometers) southeast of Dallas, said Police Chief Jeremy Jackson.

In addition to the potential for tornado development, the strong line of storms will also produce damaging winds and heavy rain, capable of producing flash floods, particularly in Arkansas and parts of MS and Alabama.

To the north, dime-sized hail pounded the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

A MS man, identified as 95-year-old Roy Ratliff died on Saturday when a tornado caused a tree to fall onto his home, Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley said.

National Weather Service meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister touched down Saturday in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, area.

The rash of storms then headed east, where it claimed the life of a Louisiana teen. The death is believed to be storm related, the sheriff's office said. The 13-year-old boy drowned in a drainage area in West Monroe late Saturday afternoon, the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office said.

The storm system will lift northeast Sunday presenting a risk of strong to severe storms in the Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic.

As the storms tore through MS overnight into Sunday, they left a trail of destruction that authorities are still combing through. On Sunday, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said multiple fatalities have been confirmed in Monroe County, but did not say how many.

Tornado warnings remained in effect on Sunday for southeastern Alabama's Barbour and Russell counties, Oravec said.

Two children died in Texas when a tree fell on a vehicle in which they were riding, and an elderly man was killed when a tree fell on his trailer in Hamilton, Mississippi. "We are just a mess".

The forecast of severe weather forced officials at the Masters in Augusta, Ga., to begin the tournament early Sunday, starting threesomes off the first and 10th tees on the day's final round in hopes of finishing in midafternoon before the winds and rains begin.

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