Deadly storms sweeping across the South have already damaged multiple communities and claimed the lives of three children in two different states.
The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-3 tornado touched down in East Texas in the town of Franklin. Multiple homes were destroyed and residents are dealing with a massive power outage. No word on when power will be restored.
In Angelina County, Texas a tree fell on top of a moving car, killing an 8-year-old and 3-year-old in the back seat. According to deputies in the county, the parents are okay and were treated for their injuries after EMS arrived.
According to a Facebook post, the 8-year-old child was identified as Dilynn Creel, a second-grade student at Central Elementary.
In Louisiana, a 13-year-old child drowned in a drainage canal after floodwaters swept the area. The child’s identity has not been released pending the notification of the family.
These storms are part of the system moving into the Tri-Cities region today. Our Storm Team urges everyone to stay weather aware throughout the day by signing up for weather alerts on our Storm Team 11 App. You can also stay up to date with the latest forecast here.