At least five killed in powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes in South

Alert Day Severe Storms Expected

Trees were down throughout the hilly city on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi.

Storms hammered east Texas on Saturday, with two children killed when a tree fell on a vehicle, authorities said. Damage was reported early Saturday evening in Vicksburg, Mississippi, as severe thunderstorms rumbled through the city.

This comes as a strong storm system moves into the region from the southwest.

There were multiple confirmed fatalities and multiple injuries in Monroe County from severe weather overnight, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said without providing any additional details.

Almost 90,000 customers were without electricity in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Georgia as of midday Sunday, according to www.poweroutage.us as the severe weather left a trail of destruction.

Franklin, Texas, was the victim of a large preliminary EF-3 tornado which caused winds of 140mph to devastate the town, causing significant damage. Damaging winds and some tornadoes are the main threats along this line.

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The tornado downed trees near the Mississippi State University campus.

"The storm is so vigorous that tornadoes are still possible after dark", Myers said.

The children, ages 3 and 8, were in the back seat with their parents in the front when the tree fell on their vehicle around 3 p.m., said Angelina County Sheriff's Department Captain Alton Lenderman.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for portions of central and eastern Kentucky. Crews will continue to survey the damage over the next few days. Two people were hospitalized for injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening, while others were treated at the scene, Yezak said.

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

The showers and thunderstorms are forecast for Sunday evening and night, with damaging winds 60 miles per hour or greater, according to the NWS. Alto is situated about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of Houston.

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