Mom, daughter die in severe storm in Louisiana

"The state as a whole is on high alert", the governor said.

"It is an extremely risky weather event", he added. Tornadoes and damaging winds are likely from southern MS all the way into SC.

The victims were identified as Francine Gotch, 38, and 3-year-old Neville Alexander, the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office said. Ginny Higgins told USA Today.

"Seconds later it hit", Higgins said.

The fatalities occurred in the 1100 block of Zin Zin Road after the storms caused the trailer to flip. "There was a mother and daughter inside and both were killed". Witnesses told KLFY-TV that the father was out at the time and returned home to find the bodies amid the splintered debris.

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In addition to tornado threats, thunderstorms were bringing hurricane-force, straight-line winds and large hail to the region, the governor said. Heavy damage from one is being reported in Alexandria, where state Rep. Lance Harris texted that one of the tornadoes just missed his neighborhood.

The severe weather threat will shift farther east on Monday, Strait said.

"This is a state-wide weather event and it pertains to everyone in Louisiana and could be an all-night event until Monday mid-morning", he said. Meteorologists upgraded the threat to high and added a warning of a "particularly risky situation". The Lafayette area was hit with strong storms, including high winds and large hail, early this morning. Significant tornado potential will spread across the lower Mississippi Valley into Sunday evening. The greatest tornado risk was centered over southern Alabama. The storm roared near but did not damage several other homes and a high school, Maj. The roof was completely removed.

Tornado sightings were reported in central Texas and north-central Louisiana, NWS said on its website. There were no reports of major or structural damage.

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