Storm system heading to Alabama produces tornado near MS State

Storm system heading to Alabama produces tornado near MS State

The children were pronounced dead at the scene. Severe storms crossing a big swath of the South, including parts of Louisiana and MS, have knocked out power to thousands and caused some flash flooding.

The storm has already left a violent swath of death and destruction across parts of the South this weekend, with at least six people killed as a result of incidents relating to the storm.

The tree "flattened the vehicle like a pancake", Capt. Alton Lenderman of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office told The Associated Press. Capt. Alton Lenderman says the parents, who were in the front seats, were not injured.

The tornado downed trees near the Mississippi State University campus.

According to the Post, a tornado that struck the Central Texas town of Franklin destroyed 55 homes, and injured over a dozen people. Franklin is located about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of Dallas.

A preliminary damage survey found that a tornado with peak intensity of EF-3 and winds up to 140 miles per hour touched down in Robertson County, according to a tweet from the National Weather Service in Forth Worth. Some people had to be extricated from damaged dwellings. "We are just a mess", Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell told the outlet. Nineteen residents were taken to hospitals, including two in critical condition. More than 140,000 customers remained without power in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas late Saturday.

"We're living, and God has blessed us", Scott, a retired manager for a grocery store meat department, said Sunday as neighbors helped him salvage his belongings.

There were multiple confirmed fatalities and multiple injuries in Monroe County from severe weather overnight, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said without providing any additional details. No injuries were reported, but officials reported damage to several businesses and vehicles.

Trees were pulled from the ground by their roots and the tornado caused structural damage to buildings including tearing off roofs. Isolated damage reports came in from throughout the state, including the hard-hit area of Troy in Pike County. Heavy rain may also lead to localized flash flooding in areas prone to flooding.