PHOTOS: Half of Franklin, TX destroyed by Saturday morning tornado

Tornado destroys half of East Texas city

FRANKLIN, TX (KCBD) - KWTX in Waco reports that the town of Franklin, TX took a direct hit from a tornado on Saturday morning, causing widespread damage.

Robertson County officials say the south side of the city suffered the most damage. Mobile homes were damaged, cars were overturned and power lines were down heading into Saturday evening.

Nine people were said to have minor injuries.

The city is under a mandatory curfew from 8 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday.

For people trying to check on loved ones, they can call the Pridgion Center in Franklin at (979) 828-3276.

The storms caused power outages across Central Texas, as of 1:30 p.m. Oncor reported there were a 1,000 customers in in Leon County, 1,400 in Limestone County, 5,500 in McLennan County, 500 in Freestone County, 1,700 in Falls County, 1,800 in Bell County without power.

Entergy reported 600 customer in Leon County and another 3,100 in Robertson were without power, as of 4 p.m.

Those who were injured were being sent to The Methodist Church to be checked out.

The First Baptist Church of Franklin opened its doors as a shelter for people who were displaced.

People were also asked to call the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office to report down powered lines.

This is the second weekend storms have slammed Robertson County.

Two children killed as storm swept eastward

The Angelina County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed two children were killed Saturday after a tree fell on the vehicle they were in during a severe storm.

According to Angelina County Sheriff’s Captain Alton Lendermen, the 3-year old and 8-year old children were in a car with their parents in the 100 block of DeWitt Hinson Road in Pollock.

Lendermen said a large tree fell on the vehicle. The mother and father were able to get out of the vehicle. Lendermen said the children were killed when the tree fell on the car.

National Weather Service is tracking tornadoes across Texas on Saturday. Latest report here: https://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/today.html

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