Several buildings damaged, trailer homes flipped in severe storm

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As a cold front continues to approach, our risk for severe weather will be heightening overnight and into Monday morning.

Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak told The Associated Press a tornado hit the small Central Texas city of Franklin, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences.

The tree "flattened the vehicle like a pancake", said Capt. Alton Lenderman of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office.

Yezak says two of the people injured Saturday when a likely tornado touched down near the cities of Hearne and Franklin were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Some of the greatest threats include scattered tornadoes, wind gusts reaching 70 miles per hour and hail up to 1.5 inches in diameter.

Tornadoes in Texas killed two and destroyed homes.

The storms most capable of producing tornadoes and large hail will be the individual, rotating cells that form ahead of a larger complex of thunderstorms.

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

Tornado warnings and watches were posted in the state Saturday night as the severe weather exited MS into Alabama. Franklin is about 125 miles (200 kilometres) south of Dallas.

The National Weather Service said that the winds could blow down trees and power lines, and there is a possibility of a localized tornado anywhere in New Jersey. The eastern part of the state is listed as a "slight risk", meaning scattered, severe storms are possible. No injuries were reported, and news footage showed shattered windows and rooftop debris. Some people had to be extricated from their homes.

Meantime a 13-year-old boy drowned in a drainage area in West Monroe, Louisiana, late Saturday afternoon, according to the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office.

Near the Birmingham suburb of Hueytown, a county employee died after being struck by a vehicle while he was helping clear away trees about 2:15 a.m. Sunday, said Capt. David Agee of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

At Georgia's Augusta National Golf Club, organizers of The Masters golf tournament moved up tee times Sunday to try to beat unsafe weather.

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