A deadly front that drove a line of severe storms and tornadoes through much of the South was rolling east on Sunday with more wild, dangerous weather.
At least two people were killed and several injured as more than a dozen suspected tornadoes swept through Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Saturday. On Sunday, several people remained unaccounted for and more than 120,000 homes and businesses in the region remained without power.
"There is concern that the severe thunderstorms with downpours and strong gusty winds continue to march across the mid-Atlantic, southern New York and into southwestern New England on Sunday night," Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist said.
Wind gusts of 60-70 mph could accompany the storms, more than enough to topple trees and power lines, she said.
In East Texas, the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office said two children were killed Saturday when strong winds toppled a tree onto their family's care in Lufkin. Capt. Alton Lenderman said the parents, who were in the front seats, were not injured.
More than 100 miles to the east, a massive, estimated EF-3 tornado with winds of 140 mph tore through Franklin, Texas, AccuWeather said. Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak said two people suffered serious injuries and others were treated for minor injuries.
"The south side of Franklin looks like a war zone," Yezak told Patch.com.
North of San Antonio, hail bigger than baseballs was reported, AccuWeather said
Mississippi was also hard hit. A "potentially large" tornado swept through Monroe County on Saturday night, AccuWeather said. Several people were missing and several homes were damaged in Hamilton, a rural hamlet of about 500 people 45 miles northeast of Starkville.
"Radar has confirmed a tornado is on the ground with this storm," the National Weather Service in Mississippi tweeted Saturday afternoon. "Take cover now!"
Tornado in Mound, LA at 4:45. #lawx@USTornadoespic.twitter.com/krF68qIHKJ
— Tornado Trackers (@tornadotrackers) April 13, 2019
Starkville is home to Mississippi State University, and thousands of the school's 21,000-plus students were huddled in basements and hallways as the storms roared by. The school's crisis team was assessing the damage, spokesman Sid Salter said Sunday, adding that damage appeared to be minimal.
"Kudos to (university police and others) for excellent work keeping our students and staff safe," Salter said. "Initial assessments are that we have no injuries, no visible structural damage, and no significant impacts on normal campus operations."
National Weather Service meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister also touched down Saturday in the Vicksburg, 160 miles southwest of Starkville. No injuries were reported, but several businesses and vehicles were damaged.
The area at risk Sunday stretched from the upper Ohio Valley and central Appalachians to the upper Gulf Coast, AccuWeather warned.
"The storms will take on more of a squall line set up with the greatest threats being from damaging wind gusts, flash flooding and lightning strikes," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.