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Eight dead after tornadoes rip across US South

WATCH Devastation Wrought by Deadly Tornado in Texas Deadly storms continue their destruction across southern U.S.
Deanna Wagner | 15 April, 2019, 20:44

The Storm Prediction Center has placed most of the state, including central Maryland, under an enhanced risk for severe storms.

"They were at the wrong place at the wrong time", Capt. Alton Lenderman of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office told The New York Times.

In another storm death nearby, an unidentified victim's body was trapped in a vehicle submerged in floodwaters in Calhoun, Louisiana, Springfield said.

Tornado damage reports continue to come in for Monroe County.

In Alabama, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office reported that a county worker had died in a hospital after being hit by a vehicle near Hueytown.

Tornado damage seen over the weekend. The children, ages 3 and 8, were killed when a tree fell on a auto Saturday.

Authorities said 13-year-old Sebastian Omar Martinez drowned in a drainage canal after flash flooding struck Bawcomville, near Monroe, said Deputy Glenn Springfield of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Department.

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"The main severe weather threats are damaging wind gusts and an isolated tornado".

Hamilton, Mississippi, also saw dozens of homes destroyed, along with the community's fire station.

The same system caused damage in Columbus, Mississippi. Trees were pulled up by the roots, roofs torn off buildings and the cinder block foundation was all that was left of a mobile home in the town, which is southeast of Waco.

Local emergency management officials say one person is dead after a tornado swept through a northern MS town late Saturday.

In Texas, two children died after a tree fell on their family vehicle. Straight-line winds leave debris in a fan-shaped pattern, while tornadoes toss debris in circles. The parents in the front seats were not hurt.

Multiple injuries were also reported in the town of Franklin, Texas where a large preliminary EF-3 tornado with winds of 140 miles per hour moved through the town on Saturday.