Deadly storms continue their destruction across southern U.S.

Deadly storms continue their destruction across southern U.S.

A tornado hit the small Central Texas city of Franklin, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences, said Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. A spokeswoman for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said authorities were in Hamilton and could not be reached for confirmation.

Deadly tornadoes twisted through the U.S. South, killing at least two children as a massive storm pressed east on Sunday, threatening to drench communities from NY to Atlanta and snarl the start of the workweek.

In addition to the potential for tornado development, the strong line of storms will also produce damaging winds and heavy rain, capable of producing flash floods, particularly in Arkansas and parts of MS and Alabama.

The storm system's first two victims were two children in east Texas.

In East Texas, authorities say two children were killed when high winds toppled a tree onto the back of the family auto while it was in motion.

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

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

A preliminary damage survey found that a tornado with peak intensity of EF-3 and winds up to 140 miles per hour touched down in Robertson County, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

The fire station in Hamilton was destroyed, as were multiple homes and a retail center.

"It looks like a storm came up through Louisiana and into MS and exploded in Monroe County", Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell told CNN. We have a lot of flooding, there are several trees down. There are several trees down.

He said the threat for severe weather is greatest at such times but that the risk remained even after warm temperatures dropped. "We are just a mess", Cantrell said.

"Damaging winds appear to be the greatest threat on Sunday, but tornadoes will also be possible", CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said. Snow was falling in Chicago on Sunday, with 1-3 inches reported in central IL, as a result of the storm's cold front.

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