A line of powerful storms with heavy winds is expected to batter the New Orleans metro area Saturday night into Sunday morning, the National Weather Service said. No injuries have been reported, but officials said several businesses and vehicles were damaged.
"It looks like a storm came up through Louisiana and into MS and exploded in Monroe County", Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell told CNN. Mississippi State University's 21,000 students huddled in basements and hallways as a tornado came near the school's campus in Starkville. An isolated tornado is also possible, but not likely, forecasters said. Trees were toppled and minor damage was reported in residential areas east of the campus. Do not wait to see or hear the tornado. Damage from that first round of storms included reports of trees down in Gwinnett, Walton, Paulding, Butts and Lamar counties.
Two children, aged just three and eight, were crushed to death on Saturday after a tree toppled onto the back of their family vehicle in Lufkin, Angelina County.
The Robertson County Sheriff's Office said that the tornado was spotted near FM 485, 1644, and FM 46.
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After arriving at the scene, police were able to determine "that two children age 8 and 3 were trapped in the back seat of the auto under the tree".
Franklin, Texas, roughly 125 miles south of Dallas, was nearly entirely flattened by a tornado, according to the Robertson County Sheriff's Office.
A tree lies on its side following a suspected tornado in Franklin, Texas, on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
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 a tweet from the National Weather Service in Forth Worth. Crews were sent to survey the damage.