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 new storms organized Saturday morning that moved across Texas and continued to present dangerous conditions throughout the evening and into the overnight hours. There was a confirmed EF-3 tornado with winds up to 140 mph during the afternoon in Robertson County, Texas. At least five tornadoes were reported throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Around 2:15 p.m., the Angelina County Sheriff’s Department in east Texas 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.
Monroe County, Mississippi, Fire Coordinator Terry Tucker said two people had also died in Hamilton, Mississippi, but no further details were available. He said there were also multiple injuries and several damaged homes and businesses in the small town.
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According to Alto Police Chief Jeremy Jackson, over two dozen injuries were reported and “a lot” of homes were flattened, ABC affiliate KTRE reported.
Flood alerts were also being issued for parts of the southern U.S. due to torrential rainfall that will continue overnight into Sunday.
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.
In addition to the severe weather threat, storms will bring torrential rainfall over parts of Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. Rainfall over 4 inches is possible in that region, which makes flash flooding a concern with the ongoing storms this weekend.
In total, three people have died from the storms.