Dead as Storms Continue Across the Southern US

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A wave of strong storms and possible tornadoes swept through Alabama overnight Saturday into Sunday, leaving destruction in several places.

The biggest concern for tornado development is on Saturday afternoon and evening, as the potent piece of energy slides eastward into Louisiana, clashing with a very strong inflow of moist and unstable tropical air from the Gulf of Mexico. "There are a few tornado warnings and heavy thunderstorm warnings", Oravec said.

In East Texas, the Angelina County Sheriff's Office said an 8-year-old and a 3-year-old died when strong winds toppled a tree onto the back of their family's auto in Lufkin while it was in motion.

The large storm system also caused flash floods in Louisiana, where two deaths were reported.

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. The weather service said the system is expected to shift to the Ohio Valley and the Southeast on Sunday. At least one mobile home was destroyed, throwing a man from the mobile home. Four other people were injured after the trailer was struck.

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National Weather Service meteorologist Monique (moh-NEEK') Sellers says the agency received reports of downed trees, and damage to buildings and a transmission tower. The 13-year-old boy drowned in a drainage area in West Monroe late Saturday afternoon, the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office said.

As the storm moved into Alabama, a possible tornado knocked out power and damaged mobile homes in Troy, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Montgomery. Violent weather is unlikely to be as widespread as Saturday, but some of Sunday's storms may be intense.

The fire station in Hamilton was destroyed, as were multiple homes and a retail center. There are several trees down. Trees were down throughout the hilly city on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi.

At Georgia's Augusta National Golf Club, organizers of The Masters golf tournament moved up tee times Sunday to try to beat unsafe weather.