Pow­er­ful storms leave 2 chil­dren dead in Texas

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Nation & World - As­so­ci­ated Press

Two chil­dren were killed and about a dozen peo­ple were in­jured in Texas Satur­day after pow­er­ful storms spawned at least one sus­pected tor­nado and dam­aged sev­eral homes, au­thor­i­ties said.

The An­gelina County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said an 8-year-old and a 3-year-old died when strong winds top­pled a tree onto the back of their fam­ily’s car in Lufkin while it was in mo­tion. Capt. Al­ton Len­der­man said the par­ents, who were in the front seats, were not in­jured.

Lufkin is about 115 miles north­east of Hous­ton. Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion was not im­me­di­ately avail­able.

In Cen­tral Texas, Robertson County Sher­iff Ger­ald Yezak told The As­so­ci­ated Press a sus­pected tor­nado hit the small city of Franklin, over­turn­ing mo­bile homes and dam­ag­ing other res­i­dences. Franklin is lo­cated about 125 miles south of Dal­las.

Two peo­ple were hos­pi­tal­ized for in­juries not thought to be life-threat­en­ing, while oth­ers were treated at the scene for mi­nor in­juries, Yezak said. Some had to be ex­tri­cated from their homes.

Na­tional Weather Ser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist Monique Sellers said they’ve re­ceived re­ports of downed trees, as well as dam­age to build­ings and a trans­mis­sion tower.

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