Several buildings damaged, trailer homes flipped in severe storm

FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY Widespread severe weather this afternoon

FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY Widespread severe weather this afternoon

The Angelina County Sheriff's Office in Texas said an 8-year-old and a 3-year-old died when strong winds toppled a tree onto the back of their family's auto in Lufkin, located about 115 miles northeast of Houston. Three children were among the dead.

Trees were pulled up by the roots, roofs were torn off buildings and the cinderblock foundation was all that was left of a mobile home in the town, which is southeast of Waco.

About two hours north of Franklin, dime-sized hail pelted the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The center said it expects the threat of severe weather to increase throughout the day.

Yezak says two of the people injured Saturday when a likely tornado touched down near the cities of Hearne and Franklin were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. More than 140,000 customers remained without power in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas late Saturday. South Mississippi in under a slight and enhanced risk for severe storms, which is a level 2 and 3 out of 5 for the probability of severe weather occurring within 25 miles of your location.

Warm air enhanced the atmosphere's instability Saturday, allowing the storm system to rev up more energy and grow, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

Forecasters in central Texas reported a possible twister Saturday in Robertson County, near Hearne and Franklin. This morning, there is a lot of heavy rain moving through Alabama, into Georgia and eastern Tennessee.

Tornadoes embedded in the storms pose a significant risk overnight since they are hard to see and people are less likely to receive warnings while they're asleep, Van Dam said.

"The storm is so vigorous that tornadoes are still possible after dark", Myers said.

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Tornadoes at that time can be especially unsafe since they are hard to see and people are less likely to receive warnings while they're asleep.

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch will be in effect through 10 p.m. Sunday, and includes these Georgia counties: Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fannin, Fayette, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Heard, Jackson, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White.

The main line of storms will begin to push into this area late Sunday morning and trek to the east in the afternoon.

Both lines of storms are capable of producing damaging wind gusts, isolated hail and even a tornado or two.

The storm system will lift northeast Sunday presenting a risk of strong to severe storms in the Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic.

At Georgia's Augusta National Golf Club, organizers of The Masters golf tournament moved up tee times Sunday to try to beat risky weather.

The storms are expected to move through the Augusta area during the afternoon and evening.

While the threat of tornadoes will be lower by then, damaging winds could still bring perilous conditions.

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