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A toddler and her mother were killed when a possible tornado flipped over a mobile home in Louisiana, authorities said on Sunday, as forecasters warned of a dangerous weather system bringing hail and fierce winds to parts of the US South.
Neville Alexander, 3, and Francine Gotch, 38, were inside the mobile home in Breaux Bridge, outside Lafayette, when the storm slammed into the structure, causing "significant damage," the St. Martin Sheriff's Office said on its Facebook page.
Video posted on the page shows what appeared to be the remnants of a mobile home with its walls and roof collapsed and furniture and other household belongings upended and scattered. Nearby houses and vehicles appeared unscathed.
The National Weather Service issued a rare "high risk" advisory for areas in northern Louisiana and eastern Texas, warning residents about the threat of severe weather. St. Martin Parish is in south-central Louisiana.
Tornado sightings were reported in central Texas and north-central Louisiana, NWS said on its website. High winds were snapping trees and causing other damage, and hail was falling within the affected states.
The storm system, also a concern for far southern Arkansas, was expected to track into Mississippi into the evening.