Strong storms in US South kill at least 8 and injure dozens

A tree lies on its side in Franklin Texas on Saturday

The National Weather Service of Fort Worth went on to rate the tornado an EF-3, with 140 miles per hour winds.

Damaging winds, tornadoes, hail and heavy rain will all be possible this go-around, although where and how strong are still uncertain this far out.

A MS man, identified as 95-year-old Roy Ratliff died on Saturday when a tornado caused a tree to fall onto his home, Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley said. And at least three weak tornadoes struck Alabama on Sunday. Schools were closed and one district's prom was postponed.

"It could have been much worse", Bryant told reporters after issuing an emergency declaration for the affected areas, including Monroe County where a curfew was ordered from 8 p.m. Sunday through 6 a.m. Monday.

Temperatures will fall into the lower 50s this afternoon, the weather service said.

About 65,000 homes and businesses are without power in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama along the path of storms crossing the region. Toppled trees are blocking streets.

Powerful storms that killed at least two people continued to move across the South on Sunday after spawning suspected tornadoes that left several people injured and multiple homes and businesses damaged or without power.

At least four people are dead after 14 tornadoes hit communities from eastern Texas to MS, with the local area "looking like a war zone". About 13 miles west in Calhoun, another person died in a water-submerged vehicle, the wire service adds.

Winds may also be breezy at times.

We're monitoring as potential severe weather moves through the area Sunday The WTXL First Alert Weather team says local effects are being felt now. At least 19 others were injured and taken to hospitals for treatment, the AP reports.

Local emergency management officials say one person is dead after a tornado swept through a northern MS town late Saturday.

Hamilton, Mississippi, also saw dozens of homes destroyed, along with the community's fire station.

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