2 children killed, multiple others injured in powerful storms ripping through Texas


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A car lies upside down in a ditch following a suspected tornado, Saturday, April 13, 2019 in Franklin, Texas.

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  • Two children were killed Saturday in Texas amid powerful storms that spawned at least one suspected tornado.
  • A three-year-old and an eight-year-old child were killed after a tree fell on the vehicle they were in, authorities said.
  • The storms are part of a large system moving through the southern US.
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Two children were killed and multiple others were injured on Saturday after powerful storms ripped through Texas, spawning at least one suspected tornado.

A three-year-old and an eight-year-old in Pollok were crushed after a tree fell on their vehicle, the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office said,according to AccuWeather.

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

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.

Yezak says two of the people injured Saturday when a likely tornado touched down near the cities of Hearne and Franklin were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

National Weather Service meteorologist Monique Sellers says the agency received reports of downed trees, and damage to buildings and a transmission tower.

The storms are part of a large system moving through the southern US.

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