Deadly storms continue their destruction across southern U.S.


Two children, aged just three and eight, were crushed to death on Saturday after a tree toppled onto the back of their family vehicle in Lufkin, Angelina County.

On the Enhanced Fujita scale used to measure the intensity of tornadoes, an EF-3 produces winds between 136 to 165 miles per hour and can destroy houses and throw heavy cars.

A barn was destroyed and several other lost roofs, the service said, trees at the Buffalo Valley United Methodist Church were uprooted and snapped and homes suffered minor damage.

The threat of severe weather will likely increase throughout the day, the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center said.

Near Birmingham, Alabama, a worker was killed after being struck my a vehicle while helping clear trees from a roadway.

Damage to the town's schools has prompted the Alto Independent School District has canceled all classes until its buildings have been found to be safe.

The tree "flattened the auto like a pancake", said Capt. Alton Lenderman of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office.

They say people at home can still help.

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According to AccuWeather, the deadly storm system spawned "dozens of tornadoes" across the southern states.

Forecasters say the twister touched down in Starbrick in Warren County's Conewago Township just before 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

The massive storm system that killed several people from Texas to MS is now barreling east, threatening to spawn tornadoes and other catastrophic weather from New England to the Gulf Coast. Trees were toppled and minor damage was reported in residential areas east of the campus.

The tornado touched down at 11:14 a.m. but no damage was caused. At least 19 others were injured and taken to hospitals for treatment, the AP reports.

"Strong winds will blow around unsecured objects and may blow down tree limbs and power lines".

"The storm is so vigorous that tornadoes are still possible after dark", Myers said.

This story has been corrected to show Hamilton, Mississippi is about 140 miles southwest of Memphis, Tennessee, not 60 miles.