First Alert Weather Day: Tornado Watch issued for Coastal Empire & Lowcountry area

Alert Day Severe Storms Expected

At least 11 tornadoes have touched down in three different states as a result of a stronger-than-usual storm system. The 13-year-old boy drowned in a drainage area in West Monroe late Saturday afternoon, the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office said.

No injuries have been reported near the campus. Trees were down throughout the hilly city on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi.

MS saw heavy rains and flooding, and in the Vicksburg area, about a 45-minute drive from Jackson, a possible tornado touched down, according to NWS meteorologist John Moore. No fatalities were reported.

One person was reported dead in Monroe County, Mississippi as a tornado ripped through Hamilton, about 45 miles northeast of the campus of Mississippi State University.

There were reports of multiple injuries in the Robertson County town of Franklin, the NWS said, and KWTX reported widespread damage there.

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. A mobile home community was damaged, but no injuries were reported.

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The tree "flattened the vehicle like a pancake", said Capt. Alton Lenderman of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office. The parents in the front seats were not hurt.

The large storm system also knocked out power to thousands and caused some flash flooding.

A potent storm system is working toward the region and will bring an increased threat for severe weather later tonight into Sunday. More than 100,000 people were left without power once the storm hit Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

In Texas, authorities said a woman died on Saturday night when a tornado destroyed her mobile home, CNN reported.

Franklin, Texas, roughly 125 miles south of Dallas, was nearly entirely flattened by a tornado, according to the Robertson County Sheriff's Office.

A preliminary damage survey found that a tornado with peak intensity of EF-3 and winds up to 140 miles per hour touched down in Robertson County, according to a tweet from the National Weather Service in Forth Worth. Crews will continue to survey the damage over the next few days.

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