At least four killed in powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes in South

Alert Day: Severe Storms Expected

The South braces for severe weather and possible strong tornadoes through Saturday evening

In East Texas, two children were killed when a pine tree fell onto the back of the auto in which they were riding in a severe thunderstorm Saturday. "Take cover now", the NWS office said.

University spokesman Sid Salter said some debris, possibly carried by the tornado, was found on campus, but no injuries were reported and no buildings were damaged.

"Damaging winds and some hail are also associated with these storms pushing through the Southeast this morning", Brink said.

The National Weather Service was sending a survey team to Alto on Sunday to confirm if the storm was, indeed, a tornado.

Heavy rains and storms continued to rake the Magnolia State into the night, moving into Alabama.

A tree lies on its side following a suspected tornado in Franklin, Texas, on Saturday, April 13, 2019. The children, ages 8 and 3, were dead at the scene, although both parents, who were in the front seat, escaped injury, he said.

Multiple injuries were also reported in the town of Franklin, Texas where a large preliminary EF-3 tornado with winds of 140 miles per hour moved through the town on Saturday. No injuries have been reported, but officials said several businesses and vehicles were damaged. Trees were toppled and minor damage was reported in residential areas east of the campus.

The 38-member entourage from the Horry (OH'-ree) County School of Music, along with 17 chaperones, left Charleston, South Carolina, on Saturday for Dallas-Fort Worth, but storms forced their flight to divert to Little Rock, Arkansas.

The rash of storms then headed east, where it claimed the life of a Louisiana teen.

Tour leader Amanda O'Brien said that after some confusion, American Airlines representatives were able to get them on their way to Beijing late Sunday morning.

Warm air enhanced the atmosphere's instability Saturday, allowing the storm system to rev up more energy and grow, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said. An isolated tornado is also possible, but not likely, forecasters said.

As the storms tore through MS overnight into Sunday, they left a trail of destruction that authorities are still combing through.

The storm system will lift northeast Sunday presenting a risk of strong to severe storms in the Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic. Multiple people were injured and several homes were damaged in Hamilton, Mississippi, said Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley.

The fire station in Hamilton was destroyed, as were multiple homes and a retail center. Trees were down throughout the hilly city on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi.

As a result of the storm organizers for the Masters golf tournament at Georgia's Augusta National Golf Club moved up tee times Sunday.

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