Tornado damage in Alabama: Latest storm photos, videos

Tornado damage in Alabama: Latest storm photos, videos

Tornado damage in Alabama: Latest storm photos, videos

John Moore, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Jackson, says a twister was reported Saturday in the Vicksburg area of MS and was indicated on radar.

There were reports of multiple injuries in the Robertson County town of Franklin, the NWS said, and CNN affiliate KWTX reported widespread damage there. A spokeswoman for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said authorities were in Hamilton and could not be reached for confirmation. Franklin is about 125 miles (200 kilometres) south of Dallas. Tournament organizers have moved up tee times for Sunday because of the storm threat.

In the town of Alto, Texas, which is 130 miles southeast of Dallas, 25 people were hospitalized or their injuries after a reported tornado struck the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, where individuals had been gathered for a Native American cultural event, according to the Post.

"The main threat will be damaging winds with the line, but an isolated tornado and isolated instances of flooding can not be ruled out as well", National Weather Service forecasters said. A tornado watch is in effect for most of the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.

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The storm damaged a roof of a hotel in New Albany, Mississippi, and Mississippi State University's 21,000 students huddled in basements and hallways as a tornado neared the campus in Starkville. Thirteen-year-old Sebastian Omar Martinez drowned in a drainage canal in Bawcomville, said Deputy Glenn Springfield of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Department, the AP reports.

The storms most capable of producing tornadoes and large hail will be the individual, rotating cells that form ahead of a larger complex of thunderstorms. Separately, one person died when a vehicle was submerged in floodwaters in Calhoun, also near Monroe.

In Jefferson County, a county worker was killed early Sunday when he was hit by a vehicle while trying to clear a downed tree from the roadway.

Texas is seeing the beginning of the risky and severe storms forecast to slam parts of the Southeast and Ohio River Valley this weekend. "There are a few tornado warnings and heavy thunderstorm warnings", Oravec said.

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