2 children dead, many homes damaged as storms pummel South

2 children dead several people hurt in strong Texas storms

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. "Some storms may also produce large hail or torrential downpours resulting in localized flash flooding", the National Weather Service tweeted.

According to officials, about 4,000 in Franklin have been left without power as a result of the storm.

The Angelina County Sheriff's Office said an eight-year-old and a three-year-old died when strong winds toppled a tree onto the back of their family's vehicle in Lufkin while it was in motion.

Details of the MS fatalities, all of which were reported in Monroe County, were not immediately available, WCBI-TV in Columbus, Miss., reported.

Two children were injured and more than a dozen people were treated on the scene for minor injuries after the Franklin tornado.

Robertson County Texas Sheriff Gerald Yezak (YEZ'-ik) told The Associated Press that a suspected tornado hit Franklin on Saturday, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences.

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Two were injured when the suspected tornado touched down near the cities of Hearne and Franklin.

National Weather Service meteorologist Monique (moh-NEEK') Sellers says the agency received reports of downed trees, and damage to buildings and a transmission tower.

The severe storm system that blew threw east Texas Saturday morning and early afternoon knocked out power to thousands in at least six counties.

As a strong upper level and surface low pressure system continues to rotate eastward through Texas on Saturday, clusters of thunderstorms developed Saturday morning across much of the state. The system is expected to arrive in Georgia later on Sunday, which prompted the Masters Tournament to move up all tee times for the final round in hopes of finishing the golfing event before the storms arrive.

The Franklin Police Department said a curfew will be put in place from 8 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday for the city. Winds of up to 60 miles per hour (96.56 kph) were reported Saturday in Cherokee County, damaging two homes in Alto but not injuring anyone. Alto is about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of Houston.

KBTX in nearby Bryan-College Station reported that 40-50 homes in rural Robertson County had some kind of damage, and that more than 20 had been completely destroyed.

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