At least 8 die from strong storms in South

AP - The death toll from weekend storms that ravaged the South has risen to at least eight.

Authorities in Mississippi identified the man who they say was killed after a tornado struck his town.

Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley says 95-year-old Roy Ratliff died late Saturday when a tornado toppled a tree onto Ratliff's home in the town of Hamilton.

Hamilton, Miss., is 140 miles southwest of Memphis.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that a hospital clinic, some apartments, several storage units, a mechanic's shop and the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department all had major damage from the tornado.

Another shop and the Monroe County Morgue were destroyed.

The roof of a hotel in New Albany, Miss., was damaged, although the cause was unclear.

The National Weather Service says a twister was reported Saturday night in the Vicksburg area. No injuries were reported, and news footage showed shattered windows and rooftop debris.

A possible tornado left damage in southeastern Alabama Sunday morning.

Power poles and trees were knocked over and parts of buildings were left hanging across utility lines in Troy, located about 50 miles south of Montgomery. A mobile home community was damaged, but no injuries are being reported.

The National Weather Service detected a possible twister on radar, but it's unclear whether a tornado or straight-line winds caused the damage.

The Storm Prediction Center says trees and power lines were down in Brewton near the Florida line, and some lost power. Homes were damaged about 250 miles to the north in Glencoe, and there was scattered damage south of Birmingham.

About 65,000 homes and businesses were without power in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama along the path of storms crossing the region.

Earlier In east Texas, authorities say two children were killed when high winds toppled a tree onto the back of the family car while it was in motion. The Angelina County Sheriff's Office says an 8-year-old and 3-year-old died after the tree hit the back of the car in Lufkin, about 115 miles northeast of Houston. The parents in the front seats were not hurt.

The weather service also says preliminary information showed an EF-3 tornado with winds of 140 mph touched down in Franklin, located about 125 miles south of Dallas.

One of the deaths in east Texas was that of a person initially among those injured when a tornado tore through the Caddo Mound State Historical Site during a Native American cultural festival Saturday. Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis says the woman has died of her critical injuries.

The National Weather Service says a tornado rated EF-3 with winds of about 140 mph tore through the Caddo Mound area.

In neighboring Houston County, the sheriff's office has confirmed one person was killed in Weches, some 6 miles southwest of Caddo Mound.