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Powerful tornado rips through East Texas town causing ‘significant damage’

BREAKING NEWS: Powerful tornado rips through East Texas town causing ‘significant damage’ in severe thunderstorm with three-inch hail

  • Tornado destroyed multiple homes in Franklin, Texas on Saturday morning
  • At least seven injuries were reported as search crews combed the rubble
  • Severe weather system is moving into Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi

A powerful tornado has ripped through East Texas, with reports of ‘significant damage’.

Multiple structures in Franklin, Texas were destroyed by a tornado on Saturday, as severe weather swept through eastern Texas toward Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.  

A triage center has been set up at the Methodist Church on Main Street, where at least seven injuries have been tagged, with at least six of them minor, according to Weather Channel reporter James Sinko.

At least 30 community members have sought shelter at the Robertson County Community Center, where an emergency shelter with food and water has been set up.

Damage to the city of Franklin, Texas is seen after a tornado on Saturday

Damage to the city of Franklin, Texas is seen after a tornado on Saturday

Multiple homes were destroyed in the tornado but there are no reports of fatalities

Multiple homes were destroyed in the tornado but there are no reports of fatalities

Emergency radio traffic indicated that search crews were having difficulty reaching damaged structures due to downed trees and power lines in the roadway. 

Franklin is a city of about 1,560 residents located about 30 miles north of College Station. 

On Saturday morning, the storm system dropped hail ranging from the size of golf balls to baseballs on San Antonio.

Tornado watches were in effect for large parts of East Texas and Louisiana on Saturday afternoon. 

The powerful tornado ripped through outbuilding and mobile homes, destroying several

The powerful tornado ripped through outbuilding and mobile homes, destroying several

The storm ripped through the community, which is about 30 miles north of College Station

The storm ripped through the community, which is about 30 miles north of College Station

Emergency crews reported downed power lines making search and rescue difficult

Emergency crews reported downed power lines making search and rescue difficult

The National Weather Service says thunderstorms are expected Saturday from Texas to Alabama. The system shifts to the Ohio Valley and the Southeast on Sunday.

A tornado watch is in effect for East Texas through 7pm Saturday. 

Winds of up to 60 mph were reported Saturday in Cherokee County, damaging two homes in Alto but not injuring anyone. Alto is about 140 miles north of Houston. 

The broad band is of thunderstorms is expected to hit the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia on Sunday, possibly delaying the final day of the tournament. 

Developing story, check back for updates. 



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