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Published: Fri, December 02, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Deadly storms add to drought, flood and fires plaguing South


The forecast office in the MS capital of Jackson issued 26 tornado warnings a;pmg Tuesday, and some damage was reported in more than a dozen counties.

(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis).

A motel roof was blown off in the Marion County town of Guin, and Alabama Power reported at 4 a.m. Tuesday that at least 3,500 homes were without power. Two were reported in Winston County, an EF1 tornado and one that was unrated. Jackson Co-Rosalie prelim tornado info: EF-2, Path Leng. The tornado, one of at least five that authorities believe p.

At least a dozen more people were injured early Wednesday, adding to a seemingly biblical onslaught of drought, flood and fire plaguing the South.

Just recently, North-eastern Alabama and Tennessee were hit with a tornado and a huge storm that killed almost five people in the area as it struck.

"It looks like the rapture happened up there", said church member Steve Hall, referring to the end-times belief of many Christians.

National Weather Service offices in Louisiana and Alabama planned to send personnel out Wednesday to check on possible tornados that occurred late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

The twisters were reported across several counties in northern Alabama and southern Tennessee, National Weather Service meteorologist Lauren Nash said. The EF-2 twister packed 127-mph winds over a distance of just 200 yards, but that was enough to claim the lives of three people sheltering down in a mobile home in the community of Rosalie, officials said.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said nine other Tennesseans were injured as the line of risky storms hugged the 35th parallel, the line of latitude that serves as Tennessee's border with its southern neighbors. No details were immediately available. Two other people died in Tennessee, where the storms hit the southeast portion of the state. Daybreak revealed mangled sheets of metal, insulation and a ladder hanging in trees.

Another tornado "completely destroyed" a 24-hour daycare in DeKalb County, Ala., leaving four children critically injured, the NWS says. Three adults and three children from that family were later transported to the hospital, DeKalb County Emergency Management director Anthony Clifton said.

Meanwhile, thousands of people were without power, including up to 45,000 homes at one point in Alabama. Many schools dismissed early in Alabama and Georgia to avoid having students on the road in buses as storms continued to roll across the region Wednesday.

Hundreds of trees were downed in Coffee County, halfway between Nashville and Chattanooga, and at least five homes were damaged.

The NWS also issued a brief tornado warning for Chambers County, AL, but it has expired.

The National Weather Service in Nashville will be traveling Wednesday to Coffee County, Giles County and Cumberland County to investigate the impact of the tornadoes, which were confirmed by radar or trained spotters.

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