First Alert Forecast: The Midlands could see strong to severe storms Sunday

Posted April 15, 2019

The National Weather Service says a twister was reported Saturday night in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, area. No fatalities were reported.

In neighboring Houston County, the sheriff's office said one person was killed in Weches, 6 miles southwest of Caddo Mound. A mobile home community was damaged, but no injuries were reported. Franklin is located about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of Dallas.

The tornado, which was rated an EF-3 with winds of about 140 miles per hour by the National Weather Service (NWS), destroyed 55 homes, a church, four businesses, a duplex and part of the local housing authority building, officials said. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Some people had to be extricated from damaged dwellings.

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The cold front is forecast to reach the Interstate 95 corridor Monday morning, bringing significantly cooler weather and drier air.

The tornado downed trees near the Mississippi State University campus. At least 19 others were injured and taken to hospitals for treatment, the AP reports.

The Tornado Watch is in effect until 9 PM this evening.

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Risk of severe thunderstorms Sunday, according to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center. No injuries were reported there, but officials said several businesses and vehicles were damaged. Isolated damage reports came in from throughout the state, including the hard-hit area of Troy in Pike County.

Suspected tornadoes were also reported in northern Shelby County stretching down to American Village near Montevallo.

Public Information Officer Glenn Springfield also confirmed to PEOPLE that over the weekend, a 13-year-old boy died in West Monroe, Louisiana, after drowning in a drainage area. A vehicle fatally struck a county worker in Hueytown, a suburb outside Birmingham, the Jefferson County sheriff's office said on Twitter.

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Texas is seeing the beginning of the risky and severe storms forecast to slam parts of the Southeast and Ohio River Valley this weekend.