Tornado touches down in Texas as severe storms threaten Southeast

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Heavy rains and storms continued to rake the Magnolia State into the night, with Mississippi State University's 21,000 students huddling in basements and hallways as a tornado came near the school's campus in Starkville.

The large storm system also knocked out power to thousands and caused flash floods.

The National Weather Service has put the region under a hazardous weather outlook Sunday with more rain expected throughout Monday.

Storms will originally develop to our west, where a High Risk over Louisiana and MS marks the location of the most intense and widespread storms Saturday.

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

There were reports of multiple injuries in the Robertson County town of Franklin, the NWS said, and CNN affiliate KWTX reported widespread damage there.

Tornadoes in Texas killed two and destroyed homes.

The weather service said preliminary information showed an EF-3 tornado touched down with winds of 140 miles per hour. Alton Lenderman said the parents, who were in the front seats, were not injured.

Meantime a 13-year-old boy drowned in a drainage area in West Monroe, Louisiana, late Saturday afternoon, according to the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office. 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 evening round of storms looks to hold the greater severe threat.

"We were hit really, really, hard. We are just a mess", Cantrell said.

"Central Alabama, don't let your guard down as you head off to bed".

- A Tornado Watch has been announced for north Georgia until 2 p.m. Sunday.

At Georgia's Augusta National Golf Club, organizers of The Masters golf tournament moved up tee times Sunday to try to beat risky weather. Tournament organizers have moved up tee times for Sunday because of the storm threat. As the storm system moves east, cooler and drier air will greet us for the beginning of the work week.

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.



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