Heavy rain from the thunderstorms may lead to isolated instances of flooding and a "short-lived tornado" is also possible.
A tornado touched down and spun toward Enigma, Georgia, on Sunday, after 17 twisters were reported on Saturday and Sunday across the South from Texas to Alabama. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. More than 100,000 people were left without power once the storm hit Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The children were in a auto with their parents, when a massive tree fell on their vehicle due to strong winds, killing both minors on the spot.
After arriving at the scene, police were able to determine "that two children age 8 and 3 were trapped in the back seat of the vehicle under the tree".
The Storm Prediction Center says trees and power lines are down in Brewton near the Florida line, and some power is out.
One person was killed in northeastern MS when a tree crashed onto his trailer, Monroe County Road Manager Sonny Clay said at a news conference, adding that a tornado had struck.
Although Mother Nature put on a wild show before sunrise, with waves of thunderstorms prompting a tornado watch across most of the state and a tornado warning in parts of South Jersey, no funnel clouds reaching the ground have been confirmed so far by the National Weather Service, according to meteorologist Trent Davis.
The National Weather Service was sending a survey team to Alto on Sunday to confirm if the storm was, indeed, a tornado.
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"The storm is so vigorous that tornadoes are still possible after dark", Myers said. Franklin is about 125 miles (200 kilometres) south of Dallas.
The system moved eastward into MS, where weather service teams have confirmed eight tornadoes.
The same system caused damage in Columbus, Mississippi.
The biggest threat with the storms will be damaging winds with the possibility of a tornado.
In East Texas, authorities say two children were killed when high winds toppled a tree onto the back of the family auto while it was in motion.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for portions of central and eastern Kentucky. Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches said in a statement that the children, who were in the vehicle with their parents during the storm, were pronounced dead on the scene.