Storms sweep across the South, killing 6 and injuring dozens

The South braces for severe weather and possible strong tornadoes through Saturday evening

Deadly storms continue to move across the South after spawning suspected tornadoes and damaging several homes.

Heavy rains and storms continued to rake the Magnolia State into the night, moving into Alabama. The 13-year-old boy drowned in a drainage area in West Monroe late Saturday afternoon, the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office said.

The threat of severe weather will likely increase throughout the day, the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center said. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed.

Storms have now moved out of North Alabama and the tornado watch from the early morning hours has expired.

Two people were hospitalized for injuries not thought to be life-threatening, while others were treated at the scene for minor injuries, Yezak said.

A man has been killed after a tornado struck his town in MS, in the USA, authorities say.

There were reports of multiple injuries in the Robertson County town of Franklin, the NWS said, and CNN affiliate KWTX reported widespread damage there.

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

Power poles and trees were knocked over and parts of buildings were left hanging across utility lines in Troy, located about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Montgomery. The main severe weather threats will be damaging wind gusts, tornadoes and large hail.

The roof of a hotel in New Albany, Mississippi, was damaged, although the cause was unclear. A mobile home community was damaged, but no injuries were reported.

National Weather Service meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister touched down Saturday in the Vicksburg, Miss., area.

The Robertson County Sheriff's Office said that the tornado was spotted near FM 485, 1644, and FM 46.

At least 25 people were taken to hospitals for treatment after a suspected tornado struck the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site in East Texas during a Native American cultural event in Alto, about 130 miles (209 kilometers) southeast of Dallas, said Police Chief Jeremy Jackson. Power outages were wide spread throughout the path of the storm, with 35,824 without power in Texas, 16,160 in Louisiana, 24,029 in Missouri, 27,877 in MS, 10,543 in Alabama and 12,170 in Georgia, according to PowerOutage.US.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center is cautioning that, "Strong tornadoes are possible today into tonight from east Texas into MS, with the greatest threat expected between 2PM-8PM CDT". Franklin is located about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of Dallas.

The forecast of severe weather forced officials at the Masters in Augusta, Georgia, to begin the final round of the tournament early on Sunday in order to finish in midafternoon.

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