100 million people at risk as deadly storms and tornadoes march east

First Alert Forecast mild and unsettled Sunday with storms possible

The Angelina County Sheriff's Office says an 8-year-old and 3-year-old died after the tree hit the back of the auto in Lufkin, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northeast of Houston.

A tornado was reported in the area 140 miles (225 kilometres) southwest of Memphis, Tenn., at the time. Trees were toppled and minor damage was reported in residential areas east of the campus.

Severe weather came through Louisiana on Saturday afternoon, Springfield said. The Franklin Police Department said a curfew will be put in place from 8 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday for the city.

Authorities in East Texas say two children were killed after a tree fell on a auto as it was being driven during a strong storm.

In Central Texas, Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak told the Associated Press a tornado hit the small city of Franklin on Saturday, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences.

The children, ages 3 and 8, were killed when a tree fell on a auto Saturday.

The same system caused damage in Columbus, Mississippi.

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"Damaging winds and a couple of tornadoes will be the primary hazards, but isolated hail may accompany the strongest [storms]", the Storm Prediction Center wrote.

A preliminary damage survey showed an EF-3 tornado, with winds up to 140 miles per hour, touched down in Robertson County, the NWS in Fort Worth said. Capt. Alton Lenderman says the parents, who were in the front seats, were not injured. The center said it expects the threat of severe weather to increase throughout the day. Franklin is located about 125 miles south of Dallas. Some people had to be extricated from their homes.

In addition to the potential for tornado development, the strong line of storms will also produce damaging winds and heavy rain, capable of producing flash floods, particularly in Arkansas and parts of MS and Alabama.

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

The forecast of severe weather forced officials at the Masters in Augusta, Georgia, to start the final round of the tournament early on Sunday in order to finish in midafternoon before it began raining.

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

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