2 children killed as storms lash Texas

Lamar Ellis
April 15, 2019

The Robertson County Sheriff's Office said that the tornado was spotted near FM 485, 1644, and FM 46. Damage from that first round of storms included reports of trees down in Gwinnett, Walton, Paulding, Butts and Lamar counties. Multiple structures in Franklin, Texas were destroyed by a tornado on Saturday, as severe weather swept through eastern Texas toward Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Two children were killed on a back road in East Texas when a pine tree fell onto the auto in which they were riding in a severe thunderstorm Saturday near Pollok, about 150 miles (241 kilometers) southeast of Dallas.

Storms are expected to move through the Augusta area Sunday afternoon and evening.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that a hospital clinic, some apartments, several storage units, a mechanic's shop and the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department all had major damage from the tornado.

A tornado ripped through Franklin, Texas, on Saturday as the National Weather Service in the state posted one tornado warning after another. 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.

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The same system caused damage in Columbus, Mississippi. The children, ages 8 and 3, were dead at the scene, while both parents, who were in the front seat, escaped injury, he said. The system shifts to the Ohio Valley and the Southeast on Sunday.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center is cautioning that, "Strong tornadoes are possible today into tonight from east Texas into MS, with the greatest threat expected between 2PM-8PM CDT". Franklin is located about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of Dallas. Some people had to be extricated from damaged dwellings.

A third child, Sebastian Omar Martinez, 13, drowned late on Saturday when he fell into a drainage ditch fill with flash floodwaters near Monroe, Louisiana, said Deputy Glenn Springfield of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office.

"We're talking about tens of millions of people with some stormy weather before this Sunday is over", he said Sunday on "FOX & friends".

National Weather Service meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister touched down in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, area.

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