13-year-old drowns, 2 more also killed as storms sweep South for 2nd day

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OUACHITA PARISH, La. (AP) — Three more deaths are confirmed from powerful storms sweeping through the southern United States, bringing the death toll to at least six.

In Louisiana, Deputy Glenn Springfield of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Department said Sunday that two people died in floodwaters Saturday.

He says 13-year-old Sebastian Omar Martinez died during flash flooding in the community of Bawcomville, near Monroe. Responders pulled him from a drainage canal.

Several hours later, a person died in a submerged vehicle near Interstate 20 in Calhoun.

A county employee in Alabama died after being struck by a vehicle while he was helping clear away trees toppled by the storm.

Capt. David Agee of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says the worker was struck about 2:15 a.m. Sunday near in the Birmingham suburb of Hueytown and died after being taken to a hospital. His name was not immediately released.

Two children died in Texas when a tree fell on a car in which they were riding, and an elderly man was killed when a tree fell on his trailer in Hamilton, Mississippi.

Authorities say at least 25 people were taken to hospitals for treatment in East Texas after a suspected tornado struck the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site.

Police Chief Jeremy Jackson says the injuries occurred during a Native American cultural event in Alto, Texas. Alto is about 130 miles southeast of Dallas.

Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell says at least eight of those were injured critically.

Damage to the town’s schools has prompted the Alto Independent School District has canceled all classes until its buildings have been found to be safe.

The National Weather Service was sending a survey team to Alto on Sunday to confirm if the storm was, indeed, a tornado. However, the area had been under a tornado warning at the time the storm hit.

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