At least four killed in powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes in South

Alert Day: Severe Storms Expected

There were reports of multiple injuries in the Robertson County town of Franklin, the NWS said, and CNN affiliate KWTX reported widespread damage there.

National Weather Service meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister touched down Saturday in the Vicksburg, Miss., area.

The children, ages 3 and 8, were killed when a tree fell on a auto.

The Storm Prediction Center said the primary threats in the watch area are for damaging wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour and isolated areas with large hail, up to one inch in diameter.

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.

The storms produced additional tornadoes throughout Louisiana and MS on Saturday night as the storm moved east threatening the upper Ohio Valley and central Appalachians to the upper Gulf Coast on Sunday, before moving to the mid-Atlantic. The death is believed to be storm related, the sheriff's office said. The man, whose name was not released, died after being taken to a hospital.

Two children died in Texas when a tree fell on a auto in which they were riding, and an elderly man was killed when a tree fell on his trailer in Hamilton, Mississippi.

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However, the area had been under a tornado warning at the time the storm hit.

Two people were hospitalized for injuries not thought to be life-threatening, while others were treated at the scene for minor injuries, Yezak said. More than 140,000 customers remained without power in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas late Saturday.

The children, ages 3 and 8, were in the back seat with their parents in the front when the tree fell on their vehicle around 3 p.m., said Angelina County Sheriff's Department Captain Alton Lenderman. A spokeswoman for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said authorities were in Hamilton and could not be reached for confirmation.

But "the storm is so vigorous that tornadoes are still possible after dark", he said.

The primary severe weather threat on Saturday will be locally strong to damaging wind gusts, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service also says preliminary information showed an EF-3 tornado with winds of 140 mph touched down in Franklin, located about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of Dallas.

The forecast of severe weather forced officials at the Masters in Augusta, Ga., to begin the tournament early Sunday, starting threesomes off the first and 10th tees on the day's final round in hopes of finishing in midafternoon before the winds and rains begin.

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