Tornado Watch in effect for much of WSAZ viewing area

Tornado Watch in effect for much of WSAZ viewing area

There is pretty good agreement from all computer models for the line of storms to weaken as it moves east.

On Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service stated "a tornado has been confirmed in far western Franklin County, AL (near Pleasant Site), though the total path length and EF-rating is yet to be determined".

The Robertson County Sheriff's Office said that the tornado was spotted near FM 485, 1644, and FM 46. Multiple structures in Franklin, Texas were destroyed by a tornado on Saturday, as severe weather swept through eastern Texas toward Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

"It looks like a storm came up through Louisiana and into MS and exploded in Monroe County", Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said.

A tornado flattened much of the south side of Franklin, Texas, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences, said Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak.

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.

According to the Post, an employee for Jefferson County in Alabama was also killed around 2:15 a.m. after "being struck by a vehicle while he was helping clear away trees toppled by the storm". Widespread severe thunderstorms have pounded areas to our West Saturday night.

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University spokesman Sid Salter said some debris, possibly carried by the tornado, was found on campus, but no injuries were reported and no buildings were damaged.

He says two people were taken to a hospital with injuries that aren't thought to be life-threatening and that about a dozen others were treated at the scene for minor injuries, including people who had to be extricated from their homes.

In a preliminary damage report, the National Weather Service assigned the tornado an EF-3 rating, saying peak winds reached around 140 miles per hour in Franklin.

"Damaging winds and some hail are also associated with these storms pushing through the Southeast this morning", Brink said. Crews were sent to survey the damage. Some people had to be extricated from their homes.

"Two rounds of showers and scattered thunderstorms are expected this evening and overnight".

Saturday was a particularly destructive day for the storm.

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