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 Storm Prediction Center has issued a moderate risk (level 4 out of 5) for severe weather Saturday across parts of the Lower Mississippi Valley. At least eight were critically hurt.
The fire station in Hamilton was destroyed, as were multiple homes and a retail center. Some people had to be extricated from their damaged dwellings.
In East Texas, authorities say two children were killed when high winds toppled a tree onto the back of the family auto while it was in motion.
Deadly storms continue their destruction across southern U.S.
The 13-year-old boy drowned in a drainage area in West Monroe late Saturday afternoon, the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office said. The children, ages 8 and 3, were dead at the scene, although both parents, who were in the front seat, escaped injury, he said.
By late Saturday, the storms were expected to organize into a line as they cross the western border of Mississippi. Nineteen residents were taken to hospitals, including two in critical condition.
His 71-year-old wife, Linda, was in a different part of the house and also survived, he said. "We are just a mess", Cantrell said.
The National Weather Service announced Sunday morning the Tornado Watch, saying a couple of tornadoes and isolated hail up to a quarter size possible.
There were reports of multiple injuries in the Robertson County town of Franklin, the NWS said, and KWTX reported widespread damage there.
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The storm damaged a roof of a hotel in New Albany, Mississippi, and Mississippi State University's 21,000 students huddled in basements and hallways as a tornado came near the campus in Starkville. University spokesman Sid Salter said some debris, possibly carried by the tornado, was found on campus, but no injuries were reported and no buildings were damaged. Damaging winds and some tornadoes are the main threats along this line. Trees were down and at least some minor structural damage was reported in residential areas east of the campus. "Some storms may also produce large hail or torrential downpours resulting in localized flash flooding", the National Weather Service tweeted.
Meantime a 13-year-old boy drowned in a drainage area in West Monroe, Louisiana, late Saturday afternoon, according to the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office.
He said the threat for severe weather is greatest at such times but that the risk remained even after warm temperatures dropped.
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