Strong storms in US South kill at least 8 and injure dozens

A tree lies on its side in Franklin Texas on Saturday

A tree lies on its side in Franklin Texas on Saturday

Franklin is about 125 miles (200 kilometres) south of Dallas.

The agency says a survey team found evidence of an EF-3 twister with winds of at least 136 miles per hour near Weches, Texas, and two other smaller tornadoes touched down in the same region Saturday. None of the injuries were thought to be life-threatening. Some people had to be extricated from damaged dwellings.

Heavy rains and storms raked the Magnolia State into the night, then moved into Alabama. Multiple people were injured and several homes were damaged in Hamilton, Mississippi, said Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley.

A tornado watch has been issued from now to 3 a.m. Monday, the National Weather Service in Buffalo said. They found each other while crawling through the remnants of the house they have lived in since 1972.

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The weather service said the system is expected to shift to the Ohio Valley and the Southeast on Sunday. No injuries were reported, but officials reported damage to several businesses and vehicles.

An earlier issued tornado watch has been canceled for New York City, parts of northern New Jersey, the Lower Hudson Valley, and parts of CT early Monday and through Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

A local group is heading to Alto and Franklin to help those impacted by a tornado and severe storms that swept through the state Saturday, killing two children. Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis said one woman died of critical injuries, according to The Associated Press, which reports about two dozen additional injuries there. Trees were toppled and minor damage was reported in residential areas east of the campus.

"The storms will take on more of a squall line set up with the greatest threats being from damaging wind gusts, flash flooding and lightning strikes", AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. About 13 miles west in Calhoun, another person died in a water-submerged vehicle, the wire service adds.

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