Powerful storms that killed at least two people continued to move across the South on Sunday after spawning suspected tornadoes that left several people injured and multiple homes and businesses damaged or without power.
The National Weather Service was sending a survey team to Alto on Sunday to confirm if the storm was, indeed, a tornado.
As a strong upper level and surface low pressure system continues to rotate eastward through Texas on Saturday, clusters of thunderstorms developed Saturday morning across much of the state. The Angelina County Sheriff's Office says an 8-year-old and 3-year-old died after the tree hit the back of the vehicle in Lufkin, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northeast of Houston. The children were pronounced dead at the scene.
Storms hammered east Texas on Saturday, with two children killed when a tree fell on a vehicle, authorities said. At least eight were critically hurt.
There was widespread damage in Alto, a town of about 1,200, and the school district canceled classes until its buildings can be inspected to ensure they are safe.
"We'll be seeing severe weather from Florida to NY, with the most unstable parts so far in Georgia", said meteorologist David Roth of the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center.
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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.
Storms could bring damaging winds and isolated threats of large hail and tornadoes, meteorologists said.
At least one tornado was reported in southeast Alabama early Sunday, as CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said as many as 90 million people could be threatened by the storms. Some people had to be extricated from their damaged dwellings. Storms will be weaker and more isolated than what we experience overnight, but some gusty winds and heavy rain will be possible where storms develop.
Monroe County Road Manager Sonny Clay said at a news conference Sunday that a man was killed in Hamilton when a tree fell on his trailer. Nineteen residents were taken to hospitals, including two in critical condition.
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. Damage from that first round of storms included reports of trees down in Gwinnett, Walton, Paulding, Butts and Lamar counties.
As the storm moved into Alabama, a possible tornado knocked out power and damaged mobile homes in Troy, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Montgomery.