Deadly storms leave thousands without power in eastern U.S

A tree lies on its side in Franklin Texas on Saturday

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. Some people had to be extricated from damaged dwellings. They found each other while crawling through the remnants of the house they have lived in since 1972.

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

A tornado was reported in the area 140 miles (225 kilometers) southwest of Memphis, Tennessee, at the time.

But the majority of damaged remained in the Southern part of the U.S.

Deadly storms continue to move across the South after spawning suspected tornadoes and damaging several homes. A mobile home community was damaged, but no injuries are being reported. Meteorologists will study damage to trees and structures, and trace the track of the debris. Separately, one person died when a vehicle was submerged in floodwaters in Calhoun, also near Monroe.

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The system moved eastward into MS, where the weather service says teams have confirmed eight tornadoes.

A wave of strong storms and possible tornadoes swept through Alabama overnight Saturday into Sunday, leaving destruction in several places. A vehicle fatally struck a county worker in Hueytown, a suburb outside Birmingham, the Jefferson County sheriff's office said on Twitter.

"The storms will take on more of a squall line set up with the greatest threats being from damaging wind gusts, flash flooding and lightning strikes", AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

In preparation for the inclement weather reaching Georgia, the Augusta National announced it would move up the start time on Sunday for Round 4 of the Masters in hope that play would finish before thunderstorms reached the golf course, according to CBS.

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