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.
Damage to the town's schools has prompted the Alto Independent School District has canceled all classes until its buildings have been found to be safe.
In addition to the potential for tornado development, the strong line of storms will also produce damaging winds and heavy rain, capable of producing flash floods, particularly in Arkansas and parts of MS and Alabama.
Authorities said 13-year-old Sebastian Omar Martinez drowned in a drainage canal after flash flooding struck Bawcomville, near Monroe, said Deputy Glenn Springfield of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Department. The man, whose name was not released, died after being taken to a hospital.
Almost 90,000 customers were without power in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Georgia as of midday Sunday, according to www.poweroutage.us as the severe weather left a trail of destruction.
At least one tornado was reported in southeast Alabama early Sunday, as CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said as many as 90 million people could be threatened by the storms. None of the injuries were thought to be life-threatening.
The weather service said preliminary information showed an EF-3 tornado touched down with winds of 140 miles per hour (225.3 kph).
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A man has been killed after a tornado struck his town in MS, in the United States, authorities say. A tornado was reported in the area 140 miles (225 kilometers) southwest of Memphis, Tennessee, at the time. Trees were reported down in each location but there were no immediate reports of damage, injuries or fatalities.
The National Weather Service says a twister was reported Saturday night in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, area.
According to the National Weather Service, the tornado was rain-wrapped and moved through Milam into Robertson County. No injuries were reported there, but officials said several businesses and vehicles were damaged.
The roof of a hotel in New Albany, Mississippi, was damaged, although the cause was unclear. More than 140,000 customers remained without power in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas late Saturday.
Two children, siblings aged 3 and 8, were killed on Saturday when a tree fell on the auto in which they were sitting in Pollok, Texas, said a spokeswoman for the Angelina County Sheriff's Department. Franklin is about 125 miles (200 kilometres) south of Dallas.
At Georgia's Augusta National Golf Club, organizers of The Masters golf tournament moved up tee times Sunday to try to beat unsafe weather.