Severe weather that moved across the southern U.S. on Saturday left at least three people dead and ravaged numerous homes in its path.

Two children, ages 3 and 8, were killed

in eastern Texas when a tree fell on the car in which they were traveling. Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches that the children, who were in the car with their parents during the storm, were pronounced dead on the scene.

"They were at the wrong place at the wrong time," Capt. Alton Lenderman of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office told "The tree fell just as they were going under it."

In central Texas, approximately a dozen people were injured in Franklin where a tornado was confirmed by the National Weather Service, according to

In a preliminary damage report, the National Weather Service assigned the tornado an EF-3 rating, saying peak winds reached around 140 mph in Franklin.

Video from the area showed damage to houses with roofs ripped off.

AFTERMATH: A reported tornado leaves destruction in its wake, tearing homes apart and knocking down power lines in Franklin, Texas.

There have so far been four reported tornadoes in eastern Texas as parts of the South contend with severe storms.

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In North Texas, hail, ranging from pea-sized to baseball-sized, falling throughout the region.

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As the storm moved east, at least one man was killed by a tornado in the northern Mississippi,

In Alabama, a possible tornado damaged some buildings, power lines and trees in the southeastern part of the state Sunday morning, but no injuries were reported.

In preparation for the inclement weather reaching Georgia, the Augusta National announced it would move up the start time on Sunday for Round 4 of the Masters in hope that play would finish before thunderstorms reached the golf course,

An early start meant early arrival for many patrons. Excitement continues to build on Masters Sunday.

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The severe weather is expected to continue into late Sunday evening. regions from Ohio to Pennsylvania and southern New York to northern Florida are at risk of damaging winds and flash flooding.

the potential for isolated tornadoes also exists and could affect the Mid-Atlantic region.