2 dead following severe storms in East Texas

By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
March 12, 2018, 7:31:21 AM EDT

Two people died in East Texas after severe storms rampaged through the area overnight, officials said.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office reported a woman was killed when the storms blasted through the Brushy Creek Campground, which is near Jefferson, about 130 miles East of Dallas.

The woman was not identified, but officials said she was 40 years old and from southeast Texas.

The sheriff's office has had a difficult time assessing the damage because of the significant amount of debris.

The sheriff's office warned people not to try to enter the campground until recovery and cleanup work is done.

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Another person died in Longview, about 25 miles from the campground, after a tree fell on a mobile home, police said.

Firefighters responded at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday to search the home and found a 41-year-old man dead inside. A 12-year-old child was taken to a hospital for observation.

KLTV-TV reported the severe storms in East Texas produced golf-ball sized hail.

According to KXAS-TV NBC 5, the National Weather Service in Shreveport, Louisiana, will be sending a team to the area to evaluate whether straight-line winds or a tornado are to blame for the damage.

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