DALLAS (AP) – Authorities say a suspected tornado demolished a mobile home in southern Louisiana, killing a mother and her 3-year-old daughter.

St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office Maj. Ginny Higgins says 38-year-old Francine Gotch and 3-year-old Neville Alexander were inside the trailer when the storm caused it flipped over around 10:20 a.m. Sunday.

Witnesses told KLFY-TV that the father had gone to the grocery store before the storm occurred and came back to find the bodies.

National Weather Service meteorologist John Hart in Oklahoma says there is a risk for strong tornadoes and widespread damaging winds for east Texas and parts of Louisiana on Sunday. Meteorologists upgraded the threat to high and added a warning of a “particularly dangerous situation.”

Louisiana’s governor warned residents the “extremely dangerous weather” hitting the state is just getting started and the state should be on “high alert.”

Gov. John Bel Edwards warned residents during a Sunday news conference that problems could last through the night.

The northern and central parts of the state are under a high-risk alert, which the governor says is an extremely rare classification. Those areas could get hail, flooding, high winds and possible tornadoes.


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