Two Killed as Severe Storms Sweep Across Eastern Texas

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

The National Weather Service said winds of 80 mph were reported over the weekend, along with hail the size of baseballs.[[476483993,R]]

Mary Pinney, of Mont Belvieu, Texas, 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 east of Dallas, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities say three children in the tent were unharmed. Several other campers also were injured by fallen trees and other debris.[[476487863,R]]

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

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

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