2 killed, several hurt as strong winds topple trees in Texas

DALLAS - Two people were killed and several were injured as powerful winds toppled trees and power lines in East Texas.

The National Weather Service says winds of 80 mph were reported over the weekend, along with hail the size of baseballs.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office says a 40-year-old woman was killed and her husband was seriously injured when a tree fell on the family's tent late Saturday at a campground in Jefferson, about 160 miles (257 kilometres) east of Dallas.

Authorities say three children in the tent were unharmed. Several other campers also were injured by fallen trees and other debris.

Police in nearby Longview say a 41-year-old man was killed Sunday when a tree fell on a mobile home.

Forecasters say heavy rains have saturated the ground, making it easier for strong winds to topple trees.


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