Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

First Alert Forecast: The Midlands could see strong to severe storms Sunday

First Alert Forecast: The Midlands could see strong to severe storms Sunday

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a moderate risk (level 4 out of 5) for severe weather Saturday across parts of the Lower Mississippi Valley.

The large storm system also knocked out power to thousands and caused some flash flooding.

The MSU Crisis Action Team is investigating reports of damage and evaluating the situation. No injuries were reported, but officials reported damage to several businesses and vehicles.

The same system caused damage in Columbus, Mississippi.

Texas is seeing the beginning of the risky and severe storms forecast to slam parts of the Southeast and Ohio River Valley this weekend.

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.

Franklin, Texas, roughly 125 miles south of Dallas, was nearly entirely flattened by a tornado, according to the Robertson County Sheriff's Office.

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Multiple injuries were also reported in the town of Franklin, Texas where a large preliminary EF-3 tornado with winds of 140 miles per hour moved through the town on Saturday.

The Houston County Sheriff's Office also confirmed to PEOPLE that a 70-year-old woman, whom police have identified as Kathryn Baxter, died in her home located in the eastern part of Houston County, Texas, from storm-related debris.

Robertson County Texas Sheriff Gerald Yezak (YEZ'-ik) told The Associated Press that a suspected tornado hit Franklin on Saturday, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences.

According to the National Weather Service, the tornado was rain-wrapped and moved through Milam into Robertson County. Power outages were wide spread throughout the path of the storm, with 35,824 without power in Texas, 16,160 in Louisiana, 24,029 in Missouri, 27,877 in MS, 10,543 in Alabama and 12,170 in Georgia, according to PowerOutage.US. Some people had to be extricated from damaged dwellings. Storms will be weaker and more isolated than what we experience overnight, but some gusty winds and heavy rain will be possible where storms develop.

Now the storm turns toward the Midwest and East Coast.

A major severe weather outbreak is underway to our southwest.

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