The National Weather Service says a twister was reported Saturday night in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, area.
As a strong upper level and surface low pressure system continues to rotate eastward through Texas on Saturday, clusters of thunderstorms developed Saturday morning across much of the state.
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". "There are a few tornado warnings and heavy thunderstorm warnings", Oravec said. "Take cover now", the NWS office said.
The tornado destroyed 55 homes, a church, four businesses, a duplex, and part of the local housing authority building, authorities said. "Tree damage is likely".
But tornadoes aren't the only possible cause of destruction Sunday.
"Damaging winds and some hail are also associated with these storms pushing through the Southeast this morning", Brink said.
According to the National Weather Service, Sunday is the best setup for potential severe weather that we have had so far this season.
Heavy rains and storms raked MS into the night Saturday as the storms moved east.
Storms hammered east Texas on Saturday, with two children killed when a tree fell on a auto, authorities said.
The children, ages 3 and 8, were killed when a tree fell on a vehicle.
Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley said 95-year-old Roy Ratliff died late Saturday when a tornado toppled a tree onto Ratliff's home in the town of Hamilton.
A preliminary damage survey showed an EF-3 tornado, with winds up to 140 miles per hour, touched down in Robertson County, the NWS in Fort Worth said.
Falls County officials said that agencies would be reporting to Robertson County to assist after reports of people trapped, several injuries and damaged buildings.
As of early Sunday, all of Franklin and its neighboring city of Bremond were without electricity.
To the north, dime-sized hail pounded the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The rash of storms then headed east, where it claimed the life of a Louisiana teen.
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.
Warm air enhanced the atmosphere's instability Saturday, allowing the storm system to rev up more energy and grow, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.
As the storms tore through MS overnight into Sunday, they left a trail of destruction that authorities are still combing through.
Three more deaths are confirmed from powerful storms sweeping through the southern United States, bringing the death toll to at least six. On Sunday, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said multiple fatalities have been confirmed in Monroe County, but did not say how many.
Two children died in Texas when a tree fell on a vehicle in which they were riding, and an elderly man was killed when a tree fell on his trailer in Hamilton, Mississippi. There are several trees down. Tournament organizers have moved up tee times for Sunday because of the storm threat.