Trees were pulled from the ground by their roots and the tornado caused structural damage to buildings including tearing off roofs. Severe storms crossing a big swath of the South, including parts of Louisiana and MS, have knocked out power to thousands and caused some flash flooding.
The MSU Crisis Action Team is investigating reports of damage and evaluating the situation. A mobile home community was damaged, but no injuries are being reported.
The children, ages 3 and 8, were killed when a tree fell on a auto Saturday.
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.
The Robertson County Sheriff's Office said that the tornado was spotted near FM 485, 1644, and FM 46.
Heavy rains and storms raked MS into the night Saturday as the storms moved east. The children, ages 8 and 3, were dead at the scene, although both parents, who were in the front seat, escaped injury, he said.
Over the weekend, a total of 17 tornadoes were reported hitting states from Texas to Alabama, the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center Bob Oravec told Reuters. Franklin is located about 125 miles south of Dallas.
"The storm is so vigorous that tornadoes are still possible after dark", Myers said.
A tree lies on its side following a suspected tornado in Franklin, Texas, on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Alto is about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of Houston.
The National Weather Service of Fort Worth went on to rate the tornado an EF-3, with 140 miles per hour winds. Crews were sent to survey the damage.
Monroe County Road Manager Sonny Clay said at a news conference Sunday that 19 people were taken to hospitals for treatment, including two in critical condition. Some people had to be extricated from their homes.
National Weather Service meteorologist Monique (moh-NEEK') Sellers says the agency received reports of downed trees, and damage to buildings and a transmission tower.
A vehicle lies upside down in a ditch following a suspected tornado, Saturday, April 13, 2019 in Franklin, Texas.
About 90 million people are under the gun for destructive weather Sunday, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said.