Heavy storms that killed at least two people continued to move south on Sunday after spawning suspected tornadoes that left more people injured and more homes and businesses damaged or powerless.
National Weather Service meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister touched down Saturday in Vicksburg, Mississippi area. No injuries have been reported, but officials said several companies and vehicles were damaged. Trees were down the hilly town on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi.
Heavy rain and storms continued to move Magnolia State at night and move into Alabama. Several people were injured and more homes were damaged in Hamilton, Mississippi, said Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley. A tornado was reported in the area 140 miles (225 kilometers) southwest of Memphis, Tennessee, at that time. At least one mobile home was destroyed, throwing a man from the mobile home. No deaths were reported.
Going to a hotel in New Albany, Mississippi, was damaged, even though the cause was not clear. Mississippi State University's 21,000 students huddled in cellars and times as a tornado came close to the school's campus in Starkville. University spokesman Sid Salter said there was found a wreck that might have been carried by the tornado on campus, but no injuries were reported and no buildings were damaged. Trees were down and at least reported some minor structural damage in residential areas east of the campus.
In East Texas, Angelina County Sheriff's Office said an 8-year-old and a 3-year-old died when strong winds overturned a tree at the back of their family's car in Lufkin while it was moving. Captain Alton Lenderman said the parents who were on the front seats were not injured.
The great storm system also knocked out thousands and caused some floods. The weather service said the system is expected to switch to the Ohio Valley and southeast on Sunday. More than 140,000 customers remained without power in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas late Saturday.
Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak told The Associated Press a tornado hit the small Central Texas town of Franklin, overthrowing mobile homes and damaging other homes. Franklin is about 125 miles south of Dallas.
The weather station said preliminary information showed an EF-3 tornado touched down by wind of 140 mph (225.3 km / h). Crews will continue to investigate the damage over the next few days.
Two people were hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries, while others were treated on the spot for minor injuries, Yezak said. Some people had to be evicted from their homes.
Meteorologist Monique Sellers said they have received reports of descending trees as well as damage to buildings and a transmission tower.
Wind up to 60 mph (96.56 kph) was reported in Cherokee County, Texas, damaging two homes in the Alto, but not to the detriment of anyone. Alto is about 140 miles north of Houston.
This story has been corrected to show Hamilton, Mississippi is about 140 miles southwest of Memphis, Tennessee, not 60 miles.