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Dead as Storms Continue Across the Southern US

Dead as Storms Continue Across the Southern US

Another 19 were taken to hospitals, including two who were in critical condition. Alto is situated about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of Houston. The 13-year-old boy drowned in a drainage area in West Monroe late Saturday afternoon, the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office said.

CNN affiliate KWTX reported widespread damage in the Robertson County town of Franklin, including uprooted trees and roofs ripped off buildings.

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

All of Southwest Louisiana could be hit by severe weather today.

The same system caused damage in Columbus, Mississippi. Mississippi State University's 21,000 students huddled in basements and hallways as a tornado came near the school's 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.

No injuries have been reported near the campus.

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Storms that killed at least two people in Texas and one in Louisiana crossed the Mississippi/Alabama state line early Sunday, moving the risk of life-threatening winds, strong tornadoes and large hail to a large section of the United States.

"The storm is so vigorous that tornadoes are still possible after dark", Myers said. Trees were reported down in each location but there were no immediate reports of damage, injuries or fatalities.

In East Texas, two children were killed when a pine tree fell onto the back of the vehicle in which they were riding in a severe thunderstorm Saturday. The parents in the front seats were not hurt. Heavy rain may also lead to localized flash flooding in areas prone to flooding.

Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley said 95-year-old Roy Ratliff died late Saturday when a tornado toppled a tree onto Ratliff's home in the town of Hamilton. Franklin is located about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of Dallas.

According to the National Weather Service, the tornado was rain-wrapped and moved through Milam into Robertson County.


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