More than 140,000 customers remained without power in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas late Saturday.
Two children in East Texas were reportedly killed during a storm Saturday afternoon when a pine tree fell on a moving vehicle where they were seated in the back seat. Capt. Alton Lenderman says the parents, who were in the front seats, were not injured. Additional information was not immediately available.
On Saturday night, the National Weather Service said the Franklin tornado, which tore up more than half the southern part of the city, was an EF-3 tornado with winds of 140 miles per hour.
Powerful storms - including tornadoes - were leaving a trail of death and destruction across the South over the weekend, with at least five people killed and many more injured in MS early Sunday after two children reportedly died in Texas on Saturday.
The storms are part of a large system moving through the southern United States, knocking out power to thousands and causing some flash flooding.
National Weather Service meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister touched down Saturday in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, area.
In Central Texas, Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak told The Associated Press a tornado hit the small city of Franklin, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences.
The National Weather Service in Memphis, Tennessee said in addition to the fatalities, rescue efforts are underway with entrapments reported.
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As a strong upper level and surface low pressure system continues to rotate eastward through Texas on Saturday, clusters of thunderstorms developed Saturday morning across much of the state.
The system will begin to move through Alabama overnight and is expected to reach Georgia by Sunday morning.
The most significant risk of severe weather is expected Saturday, but there's still considerable potential Sunday.
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has also been announced for Chattooga, Dade, and Walker counties until 8:30 a.m. and Floyd County until 8:45 a.m., with 60 miles per hour winds expected. Alto is about 140 miles north of Houston.
Jerry Redden takes a measurement outside Robertson County Care, Inc., after the food pantry was hit by a powerful storm, Saturday in Franklin, Texas.
Tornado watches were in effect for large parts of East Texas and Louisiana on Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the Dallas area has received more than 2 inches (5 centimeters) of rain.