Strong Storms in US South Kill at Least 8 and Injure Dozens

A broken line of storms will persists this morning

National Weather Service meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister touched down Saturday in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, area. This tornado had a clear TDS [tornado debris signature] with it.

Suspected tornadoes also were reported overnight in various parts of Alabama, including Highland Lakes, Greystone and American Village in Shelby County and lake Purdy at Grants in Jefferson County. "Additional surveys will likely be needed on Monday in this area".

Falls County officials said that agencies would be reporting to Robertson County to assist after reports of people trapped, several injuries and damaged buildings.

The most significant risk of severe weather is expected Saturday, but there's still considerable potential Sunday. The system shifts to the Ohio Valley and the Southeast on Sunday.

To the north, dime-sized hail pounded the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The storm system's first two victims were two children in east Texas.

Both Franklin and a neighboring town lost electricity as a result of the storm, leaving 3,088 customers without power on Sunday, reported CNN. 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.

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CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said the warm air present during the afternoon enhanced the atmosphere's instability, creating more energy for storms to tap into and aiding in their development. A strong severe weather threat will be imminent especially from the evening hours.

He says two people were taken to a hospital with injuries that aren't thought to be life-threatening and that about a dozen others were treated at the scene for minor injuries, including people who had to be extricated from their homes.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency warned of a confirmed tornado around Saturday night.

"We were hit really, really, hard".

Roy Ratliff, 95, died after a tree crashed onto his trailer in northeastern Mississippi, Monroe County Road Manager Sonny Clay said at a news conference, adding that a tornado had struck.

Throughout the day Sunday, everyone should be weather aware.

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