First responders are in Franklin after reports that a tornado has hit the Robertson County town.
Robertson County Texas Sheriff Gerald Yezak told The Associated Press that a suspected tornado hit Franklin on Saturday, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences.
He says two people were taken to a hospital with injuries that aren't thought to be life-threatening and that about a dozen others were treated at the scene for minor injuries, including people who had to be extricated from their homes.
Yezak says two of the people injured Saturday when a likely tornado touched down near the cities of Hearne and Franklin were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
National Weather Service meteorologist Monique Sellers says the agency received reports of downed trees, and damage to buildings and a transmission tower.
Various first responders from throughout the Brazos Valley are in Franklin offering assistance. A curfew for the southern portion of Franklin went into effect at 8 p.m. and will be lifted 7 a.m. Sunday.
According to officials, residents who live south of Texas 79 in Franklin are also under a boil water notice. About 4,000 Robertson County residents do not have electricity.
The Robertson County Emergency Operations Center is working to secure an area for displaced pets. Those needing assistance should call 979-828-6680.
Those who need to return to a damaged house to retrieve an item are asked to call the Robertson County Sheriff's Office for assistance, officials said.
Emergency officials said those seeking to donate should give to the local American Red Cross or Salvation Army offices. As the Franklin Food Pantry was badly damaged and all food will need to be thrown out, officials are asking for donations be made to the Brazos Valley Food Bank and specify they are to go to the Franklin Food Pantry.
A tweet from Franklin ISD indicated the school's prom has now been postponed.
Due to the devastation of the tornado in Franklin, FISD is postponing the prom. Prayers go out to anyone affected by the tragedy.— Franklin ISD (@FranklinISD) April 13, 2019
Roofs missing shingles and uprooted trees could be seen in Franklin, and the town's food pantry and public works buildings were damaged. A few dozen homes had serious damage. Streets south of Texas 79 near the Robertson County Courthouse had been evacuated.
Counties throughout the Brazos Valley have been placed under tornado warnings since around noon, including Robertson, Leon, Madison and a portion of Grimes County, according to the National Weather Service. Those warnings have since expired as the storms moved out of the area.