Twister hits Texas community; about a dozen hurt

Multiple structures in Franklin were destroyed by a tornado on Saturday, as severe weather swept through eastern Texas toward Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Some people had to be extricated from their homes. No injuries were reported.

Franklin United Methodist Church is now serving as a triage center.

The Robertson County Sheriff's Office said that the tornado was spotted near FM 485, 1644, and FM 46. The entire city is under a boil water notice. Franklin is located about 200 kilometres south of Dallas. At least seven people were injured in Franklin, population 1,600, where trees were uprooted and roofs ripped off buildings, per USA Today and CNN. Meanwhile, hail bigger than baseballs landed north of San Antonio and another twister hit Alto, East Texas, leveling two homes and downing trees. Winds of up to 60 miles per hour (97 kph) were reported Saturday in Cherokee County, damaging two homes in Alto (AL'-toh) but not injuring anyone.

The storms are part of a large system moving through the southern United States, knocking out power to thousands and causing some flash flooding.

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Air travel has been significantly impacted at the Dallas and Houston airports.

Delays for arriving flights at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport are averaging four hours, the FAA said.

According to the National Weather Service, the tornado was rain-wrapped and moved through Milam into Robertson County. The weather service said the system is expected to shift to the Ohio Valley and the Southeast on Sunday.

A curfew was put into effect for 8 p.m.to 7 a.m.in Franklin.

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