Franklin, Texas, roughly 125 miles south of Dallas, was almost entirely flattened by a tornado, according to the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office.
The tornado, which was rated an EF-3 with winds of about 140 mph by the National Weather Service (NWS), destroyed 55 homes, a church, four businesses, a duplex and part of the local housing authority building, officials said.
Pollok, Texas, a little over 100 miles northeast of Franklin, saw two children, aged 3 and 8, killed by a falling tree that landed on the vehicle in which they were riding on Saturday.
The tree “flattened the car like a pancake,” Capt. Alton Lenderman of the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office told The Associated Press. The kids’ parents made it out alive.
A gas station in Vicksburg, Mississippi, sustained damage on Saturday.
(Courtland Wells/The Vicksburg Post via AP)
Mississippi saw heavy rains and flooding, and in the Vicksburg area, about a 45-minute drive from Jackson, a possible tornado touched down, according to NWS meteorologist John Moore. No injuries were reported, but officials reported damage to several businesses and vehicles.
One person was left dead during a Native American cultural event in Alto, Texas, and another person was killed in Houston County’s Weches. A 95-year-old man died after a tree fell on his trailer in Mississippi and a 13-year-old in Louisiana also died after he drowned in a drainage canal, officials said.
Separately, one person died in a car submerged in floodwaters in Calhoun, Louisiana. Near the Birmingham suburb of Hueytown, Alabama, a county employee died after being struck by a vehicle while he was helping clear away trees about 2:15 a.m. Sunday, Capt. David Agee of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.