Several buildings damaged, trailer homes flipped in severe storm


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. This tornado had a clear TDS [tornado debris signature] with it.

Population centers in the zone of greatest risk, 4 out of a possible 5 on the Storm Prediction Center's scale, include Monroe and Alexandria, Louisiana. "Additional surveys will likely be needed on Monday in this area".

Two children, ages 3 and 8, were killed in eastern Texas when a tree fell on the auto in which they were traveling.

There were reports of multiple injuries, the NWS said, and KBTX-TV reported widespread damage.

The forecast of severe weather forced officials at the Masters in Augusta, Ga., to begin the tournament early Sunday, starting threesomes off the first and 10th tees on the day's final round in hopes of finishing in midafternoon before the winds and rains begin.

The storm system's death toll rose to at least seven on Sunday, when authorities reported the death of a Texas woman whose mobile home was destroyed Saturday night.

About two hours north of Franklin, dime-sized hail pelted the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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According to the Post, an employee for Jefferson County in Alabama was also killed around 2:15 a.m. after "being struck by a vehicle while he was helping clear away trees toppled by the storm".

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.

Severe weather came through Louisiana on Saturday afternoon, Springfield said. Dozens of homes in Hamilton, Mississippi, have been completely leveled.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency warned of a confirmed tornado around Saturday night. We have a lot of flooding.

"It looks like a storm came up through Louisiana and into MS and exploded in Monroe County", Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell told CNN.

A tornado flattened much of the south side of Franklin, Texas, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences, said Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak.