Children killed, thousands without power after violent storms hammer US

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The tree "flattened the vehicle like a pancake", said Capt. Alton Lenderman of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office. Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches said in a statement that the children, who were in the vehicle with their parents during the storm, were pronounced dead on the scene.

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

The sheriffs office from nearby Houston County told KLTV that one woman was found dead near her home on Highway 21 West.

A tornado flattened much of the south side of Franklin, Texas, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences, said Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak. Franklin is about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of Dallas.

"This line is capable of producing damaging winds, large hail and possibly an isolated tornado", the weather service said. Some people had to be extricated from their homes.

Heavy rains and storms raked MS into the night Saturday as the storms moved east. Multiple people were injured and several homes were damaged in Hamilton, Mississippi, said Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley.

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Clay said 19 people were taken to hospitals for treatment, including two in critical condition.

Winds reached 60 miles per hour in Binghamton, the weather service said, as lines of severe thunderstorms rolled into the Northeast Sunday night.

The weather service said the system is expected to shift to the Ohio Valley and the Southeast on Sunday.

A tornado was reported in the area 140 miles (225 kilometres) southwest of Memphis, Tenn., at the time. Six people were hurt and at least 30 buildings were damaged in Richland County.

Residents in parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia Georgia and Florida were encouraged to monitor weather bulletins throughout Sunday and to secure loose outdoor items.

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.