Damage was reported early Saturday evening in Vicksburg, Mississippi, as severe thunderstorms rumbled through the city.
No injuries have been reported near the campus. In addition to the wind threat, locally heavy rain is possible which could lead to isolated flash flooding. University spokesman Sid Salter said some debris, possibly carried by the tornado, was found on campus, but no injuries were reported and no buildings were damaged.
The weather service also says preliminary information showed an EF-3 tornado with winds of 140 mph touched down in Franklin, located about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of Dallas.
Lufkin is about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northeast of Houston.
Crews will continue to go door to door throughout the night.
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The main time frame is from approximately 4 p.m. until 2 a.m.; earlier time west of I-55, then later farther east as storms moves across the state.
Clay said 19 people were taken to hospitals for treatment, including two in critical condition.
Local emergency management officials say one person is dead after a tornado swept through a northern MS town late Saturday. Some people had to be extricated from their homes. Trees were down and at least some minor structural damage was reported in residential areas east of the campus. There were reports of roof damage, downed power lines and even some cars destroyed.
Risk of severe thunderstorms Sunday, according to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center.
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has also been announced for Chattooga, Dade, and Walker counties until 8:30 a.m. and Floyd County until 8:45 a.m., with 60 miles per hour winds expected.