A tornado ripped through Franklin, Texas, on Saturday, as the National Weather Service in the state posted one tornado warning after another.
There were reports of multiple injuries, the NWS said, and KBTX-TV reported widespread damage.
Trees were pulled up by the roots, roofs torn off buildings, and the cinder block foundation was all that was left of a mobile home in the town, which is southeast of Waco.
Across the Houston area, residents saw dime-sized to large hail during the storm.
Texas is seeing the beginning of the dangerous and severe storms forecast to slam parts of the Southeast and Ohio River Valley this weekend.
The powerful system will create the potential for life-threatening winds, strong tornadoes and large hail.
The Storm Prediction Center has issued a moderate risk (level 4 out of 5) for severe weather Saturday across parts of the Lower Mississippi Valley.
And Sunday, an enhanced risk (level 3 out of 5) stretches from Atlanta to Cleveland.
KPRC 2019/ CNN