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(NEW YORK) —  Tornadoes, hail and flash flooding ripped through the Southern plain states Friday, and as more rain falls Saturday morning, new severe weather warnings were in effect.

Flash flood watches and warnings were in effect from eastern Texas to western Tennessee. The threat for severe weather Saturday covers a large area, including Houston, New Orleans, Nashville and St. Louis, and up to southern Illinois and Indiana.

The weather turned fatal early this morning when a 64-year-old woman and four grandchildren were found dead amid flooding in Palestine, Texas.

Tis the morning for another flash flood ☔️ #TexasFloods pic.twitter.com/LSzsE4kUOR

— Phae (@motopixie) April 30, 2016

Three inches of rain in 45 minutes. #TexasFloods @jimcantore pic.twitter.com/66Tecr32H9

— Phae (@motopixie) April 30, 2016

In Lindale, Texas, a tornado swept through the area Friday, destroying parts of the town and leaving several injured. Smith County, which includes the city of Lindale, issued a disaster declaration.

In Oklahoma and Texas, hail — some pieces bigger than a softball — fell from the sky.

In Kansas, a nickel-sized piece ricocheted off the ground and hit a woman in the tooth.

Saturday’s severe weather was expected to be less intense than Friday’s, but the risk for damaging winds, large hail, and an isolated tornado is still possible.

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