The National Weather Service of Fort Worth went on to rate the tornado an EF-3, with 140 miles per hour winds. Some people had to be extricated from damaged dwellings.
MS 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. Trees were down throughout the hilly city on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi. Another 19 were taken to hospitals, including two who were in critical condition. In nearby Cherokee County, winds of up to 60 mph damaged two homes in the town of Alto, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of Houston.
By late Saturday, the storms were expected to organize into a line as they cross the western border of Mississippi.
"We're living, and God has blessed us", Scott, a retired manager for a grocery store meat department, said Sunday as neighbors helped him salvage his belongings.
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The weather service said preliminary information showed an EF-3 tornado touched down with winds of 140 miles per hour (225.3 kph). Robertson County Texas Sheriff Gerald Yezak said a suspected tornado hit Franklin, a small city about 125 miles south of Dallas.
We're monitoring as potential severe weather moves through the area Sunday The WTXL First Alert Weather team says local effects are being felt now.
The roof of a hotel in New Albany, Mississippi, was damaged, although the cause was unclear.
Suspected tornadoes were also reported in northern Shelby County stretching down to American Village near Montevallo. Trees were down and at least some minor structural damage was reported in residential areas east of the campus. Heavy rain may also lead to localized flash flooding in areas prone to flooding.
In another storm death nearby, an unidentified victim's body was trapped in a vehicle submerged in floodwaters in Calhoun, Louisiana, Springfield said.
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