2 children dead, many homes damaged as storms pummel South


Powerful storms - including tornadoes - were leaving a trail of death and destruction across the South over the weekend, with at least five people killed and many more injured in MS early Sunday after two children reportedly died in Texas on Saturday.

The National Weather Service said preliminary information showed an EF-3 tornado touched down with winds of 140 miles per hour (225.3 kph).

The city is under a curfew from 8 p.m.to 7 a.m. local time, and Saturday night's prom for Franklin High School had to be postponed.

Two mobile homes were damaged, some cars were overturned and power lines were toppled, CBS affiliate KWTX reported.

The storms are part of a large system moving through the southern U.S.

SPC severe weather outlook for Saturday afternoon. Severe storms crossing a big swath of the South, including parts of Louisiana and MS, have knocked out power to thousands and caused some flash flooding.

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 throughout the afternoon. The system is expected to arrive in Georgia later on Sunday, which prompted the Masters Tournament to move up all tee times for the final round in hopes of finishing the golfing event before the storms arrive. Violent weather is unlikely to be as widespread as Saturday, but some of Sunday's storms may be intense.

The severe storms caused power outages across the area.

The main line of storms will begin to push into this area late Sunday morning and trek to the east in the afternoon.

Population centers in the zone of greatest risk, 4 out of a possible 5 on the Storm Prediction Center's scale, include Monroe and Alexandria, Louisiana. The center said it expects the threat of severe weather to increase throughout the day.

The most significant risk of severe weather is expected Saturday, but there's still considerable potential Sunday.

"Damaging winds appear to be the greatest threat on Sunday, but tornadoes will also be possible", CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said.

The storm system will lift northeast Sunday presenting a risk of strong to severe storms in the Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic.

Georgia's Augusta National Golf Club is included in the slight risk area Sunday as the Masters concludes.

The tornado threat will be lower by then, but damaging winds could still present hazardous conditions.