Severe storms were expected to begin impacting most of Louisiana, bringing the risk of torna...

Strong winds flipped a mobile home off its foundation Sunday in Louisiana, killing a mother and her 3-year-old daughter as a storm system with hurricane-force winds crawled across the Deep South, damaging homes and businesses.

Neville Alexander, 3, and Francine Gotch, 38, were inside the mobile home in Breaux Bridge, outside Lafayette, when the storm slammed into the structure, causing "significant damage", the St. Martin Sheriff's Office said on its Facebook page.

Eyewitnesses at the scene told that there were other injuries due to the twister. Ginny Higgins told USA Today. The Lafayette area was hit with strong storms, including high winds and large hail, early this morning. "We are very much on edge".

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Officials suspected a tornado, but Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards later said that straight-line winds were responsible. Heavy rainfall could also lead to flash flooding, the weather service said. The family living in the home was able to escape.

There were reports of damage on South MacArthur Drive near US 165 in the Alexandria, Louisiana, area Sunday after a reported tornado was in the area, according to the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office.

Almost 6,000 were without power in Louisiana Sunday evening, according to Cleco.

Two people were killed on Sunday, April 2, when their trailer flipped as an apparent tornado ripped over Rapides Parish in central Louisiana. National Weather Service meteorologist Yvette Benavides said there were no reports of major or structural damage.