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14 April 2019, 10:39 | Glen Norman
Winds may also be breezy at times.
Tornado watches are already in place across parts of the region and the potent storm system has already been producing strong tornadoes in eastern Texas. Widespread severe thunderstorms have pounded areas to our West Saturday night.
At least one mobile home was destroyed, throwing a man from the mobile home.
In addition to the potential for tornado development, the strong line of storms will also produce damaging winds and heavy rain, capable of producing flash floods, particularly in Arkansas and parts of MS and Alabama.
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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 children, ages 3 and 8, were killed when a tree fell on a vehicle Saturday.
"It looks like a storm came up through Louisiana and into MS and exploded in Monroe County", Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said.
In East Texas, the Angelina County Sheriff's Office said an 8-year-old and a 3-year-old died when strong winds toppled a tree onto the back of their family's auto in Lufkin while it was in motion.
A preliminary damage survey showed an EF-3 tornado, with winds up to 140 miles per hour, touched down in Robertson County, the NWS in Fort Worth said. "Get those weather radios and phone apps TURNED ON", its Birmingham office said.
Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley says 95-year-old Roy Ratliff died late Saturday when a tornado toppled a tree onto Ratliff's home in the town of Hamilton. We have a lot of flooding, there are several trees down.
Multiple people have been reported injured as tornadoes continued to flare along the Mississippi-Alabama state line late Saturday and early Sunday. There are several trees down.
Damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes are all possible.
He said the threat for severe weather is greatest at such times. "We are just a mess", Cantrell said.
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