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Powerful, deadly storms sweep across the South



One person was killed in the North East of Mississippi when he or she was killed.

One person was killed in the North East of Mississippi when a The tree crashed onto his trailer, Monroe County Road Manager Sonny Clay said at a news conference, adding that a tornado had struck. Another 19 were taken to hospitals, including two who were in critical condition.

A tornado was reported in the area 140 miles (225 kilometers) southwest of Memphis, Tennessee, at the time.

National weather service meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister touched down Saturday in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, area. No injuries were reported there, but officials said several businesses and vehicles were damaged.

The roof of a hotel in New Albany, Mississippi, was damaged, although the cause was unclear. The trees were down across the hilly city on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi. Mississippi State University's 21,000 students huddled in the basements and the hallways as a tornado came near the school's campus in Starkville.

University spokesman Sid Salter said some of the rubble, possibly carried by the tornado, was found at the campus, but no injuries were reported and no buildings were damaged. Trees were down and at least some minor damage was reported in the residential areas east of the campus.

Heavy rains and storms hit the Magnolia State in the night, then moved to Alabama. A possible tornado knocked out power and left damage in Troy, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Montgomery. A mobile home community was damaged, but no injuries were reported.

In East Texas, two children were killed when a pine tree fell on the back of the car, where they were riding in a heavy thunderstorm Saturday. The car was on a back country road in Pollock, Texas, about 150 miles (241 kilometers) southwest of Dallas.

The tree "flattened the car like a pancake," said Capt. Alton Lenderman of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office. He said that the children, ages 8 and 3, were dead at the scene, although both parents, who were in the front seat, escaped injury.

The large storm system also knocked out power to thousands and caused flash floods. More than 140,000 customers lost power in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas as of late Saturday.

Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak said the tornado hit the small Central Texas city of Franklin, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences. Franklin is about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of Dallas.

The preliminary weather information showed an EF-3 tornado touched down with winds of 140 mph (225.3 kph). Yezak said. Two people were hospitalized for injuries not thought to be life-threatening, while others were treated at the scene for minor injuries. Meteorologist Monique Sellers has been informed about downed trees and damage to buildings and a transmission tower.

Winds of up to 60 mph (96.56 kph) were reported in Cherokee County, Texas, damaging two homes in Alto, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of Houston, but no injuries were reported.

The forecast of severe weather forced officials at the Masters in Augusta, Georgia, to begin the tournament early Sunday, Starting the threesomes off the first and the 10th teas is the day's final round in hopes of finishing in the afternoon before the winds and rains begin.


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