In East Texas, the Angelina County Sheriff's Office said an 8-year-old and a 3-year-old died when strong winds toppled a tree onto the back of their family's vehicle in Lufkin while it was in motion. More than 140,000 customers remained without power in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas late Saturday. On Saturday morning, the storm system dropped hail ranging from the size of golf balls to baseballs on San Antonio.
John Moore, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Jackson, says a twister was reported Saturday in the Vicksburg area of MS and was indicated on radar. Rain and storms increase late this afternoon and evening as a dynamic system pushes across the South. Storms will be capable of producing damaging wind, large hail, tornadoes and flash flooding.
One thunderstorm cell near Columbus Air Force Base in MS has a potential "debris ball" signature on radar, which indicates the potential for significant tornado damage that can be detected by radar, he said.
National Weather Service meteorologist Monique (moh-NEEK') Sellers says the agency received reports of downed trees, and damage to buildings and a transmission tower. An isolated tornado is also possible, but not likely, forecasters said. The system shifts to the Ohio Valley and the Southeast on Sunday.
As of early Sunday, all of Franklin and its neighboring city of Bremond were without electricity.
He said the threat for severe weather is greatest at such times.
CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said the warm air present during the afternoon enhanced the atmosphere's instability, creating more energy for storms to tap into and aiding in their development.
Mississippi's Monroe County was also hit hard, as multiple homes as well as the local fire station were destroyed, reported CNN.
Another possible tornado left damage in southeastern Alabama on Sunday morning. "We are just a mess", Cantrell said.
At least 4 people were killed - including 2 children - after powerful storms roared through the South on Saturday, spawning multiple tornadoes in several states as the threat for severe weather expands north on Sunday. Very heavy rain - capable of producing pockets of flash flooding, damaging wind gusts, hail, and even an isolated, short-lived tornado can not be ruled out.
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