At Least 2 Dead, Injuries Reported as Severe Storms Strike the South

Ada Carr
Published: March 11, 2018

At least two have died and injuries have been reported as strong thunderstorms continue to strike parts of the South. 

A man was killed in Longview, Texas, Saturday night after a tree collapsed on top of his mobile home, reports. 

His 12-year-old son was rescued from the scene and taken to the hospital, according to His condition is unknown. 

Officials in Marion County, Texas, confirmed the death of a 40-year-old woman Sunday, KMHT Radio reports. The body was discovered on the campgrounds surrounding the Lake O’ The Pines reservoir.

FORECAST: (Severe Storms Threaten South)

“Please be aware that there was one fatality at the Brushy Creek campground and not four, as was mistakenly reported initially," Marion County Sheriff David McKnight told KMHT. "Due to the tremendous debris field and heavy rain, it was difficult to assess.”

The hazardous storms began developing late Saturday night into early Sunday, producing large hail and damaging winds in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, according to meteorologist Chris Dolce. Hailstones up to 3.5 inches in diameter were measured near Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

A survey crew from the National Weather Service (NWS) will travel to Marion County Sunday to determine if the damage in the area where the death occurred was caused by a tornado or straight-line winds.

In Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, fire crews reported injuries after a house was damaged by strong winds, NWS reports. 

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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