TORNADO WATCH in the Lehigh Valley: What to do if one strikes

A tree lies on its side in Franklin Texas on Saturday

Some of the greatest threats include scattered tornadoes, wind gusts reaching 70 miles per hour and hail up to 1.5 inches in diameter. Power outages were wide spread throughout the path of the storm, with 35,824 without power in Texas, 16,160 in Louisiana, 24,029 in Missouri, 27,877 in MS, 10,543 in Alabama and 12,170 in Georgia, according to PowerOutage.US.

In Texas, two children died after a tree fell on their family auto.

"It looks like a storm came up through Louisiana and into MS and exploded in Monroe County", Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell told CNN.

Three children were among the dead.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency warned of a confirmed tornado around Saturday night.

"This is an ongoing threat", said Brian Hurley, from the center.

An isolated tornado is also possible, but not likely, forecasters said.

Tornado damage seen over the weekend.

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The storm system's death toll rose to at least eight on Sunday.

Almost 2,300 United States flights were cancelled by Sunday evening, more than 90 per cent of them at airports in Chicago; Houston, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; Pittsburgh; Columbus, Ohio and a dozen major airports on the Eastern Seaboard, according to FlightAware.com. They were in the back seat with their parents in the front, Angelina County Sheriff's Department Capt. Alton Lenderman said.

Public Information Officer Glenn Springfield also confirmed to PEOPLE that over the weekend, a 13-year-old boy died in West Monroe, Louisiana, after drowning in a drainage area.

In another storm death nearby, an unidentified victim's body was trapped in a vehicle submerged in floodwaters in Calhoun, Louisiana, Springfield said.

Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley says multiple people were injured and multiple homes were damaged in Hamilton, Mississippi, which is 140 miles (225 kilometers) southwest of Memphis, Tennessee.

Damage to the town's schools has prompted the Alto Independent School District has canceled all classes until its buildings have been found to be safe.

The roof of a hotel in New Albany, Mississippi, was damaged, although the cause was unclear.

Heavy rains and storms continued to rake the Magnolia State into the night, moving into Alabama. "By daybreak it'll be cutting through New York City, eastern Virginia and into Boston by 7 or 8 (a.m.)", he said.

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