Severe storms in the South claimed the lives of two young children in Texas after a tree crashed down on a car they were in, police said on Saturday evening.
Very dangerous weather was expected in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi this weekend. The severe weather outbreak already began Saturday morning in parts of the South with reports of large hail in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
The National Weather Service reported that new storms organized by Saturday morning that moved across Texas and was a confirmed tornado by the afternoon. Five tornadoes were reported throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Around 2:15 p.m., the Angelina County Sheriff’s Department received a call about a tree that fell on a car where two children aged 3- and 8-years-old were trapped in the back seat. A rescue team with the local fire departments were able to remove the kids, but they were pronounced deceased on the scene, police said.According to Alto Police Chief Jeremy Jackson, over two dozen injuries were reported and “a lot” of homes were flattened.
Flood alerts are also being issued for parts of the southern U.S. due to torrential rainfall that will continue overnight into Sunday.Radar is showing quite a bit of storm activity developing Saturday morning from Texas to Alabama, with the most intense storms in western Texas and near the Arkansas-Louisiana-Texas region.
The intense thunderstorms will move across the eastern Texas, Louisiana and western Mississippi region throughout the evening hours of Saturday.
There is a moderate risk for severe weather from Lufkin, Texas, to Jackson, Mississippi, including much of northern Louisiana. In the moderate risk region, dangerous, long-track tornadoes are possible. Additionally, destructive straight-line winds and very large hail are possible from eastern Texas to western Alabama.
Intense thunderstorms will continue through the overnight hours in parts of this region. There is a possibility of ongoing severe weather early Sunday morning, with night-time tornadoes and destructive winds.
On Sunday morning, storms will congeal into a line that will likely stretch from the Florida Panhandle to Ohio. The main threat will be straight-line, damaging winds. However, embedded tornadoes could develop in the line of thunderstorms.