At Least 3 Killed as Powerful Storms Barrel Through Deep South

At Least 3 Killed as Powerful Storms Barrel Through Deep South

At Least 3 Killed as Powerful Storms Barrel Through Deep South

Flash flooding could remain a threat in Maine, New Hampshire and MA on Saturday, the weather service said.

The threat should diminish throughout the overnight hours Friday into Saturday as the cold front linked to the storms finally pushes off shore. Their names weren't immediately released.

The National Weather Service issued a series of tornado warnings about a system pushing eastward across Louisiana, where strong storms covered much of the state.

Georgia power companies reported that more than 37,000 customers were without power around the state Friday afternoon. In South Carolina, authorities urged motorists to avoid part of Interstate 26 - the main artery from Upstate through Columbia and all the way to Charleston - because downed trees had left the roadway scattered with debris.

What we call a "squall line", a solid line of heavy rain and thunderstorms, will march across the Gulf of Mexico today and eventually arrive in South Florida tonight.

"I saw the house and I started freaking out", Qualls said, as residents and emergency workers sawed up other trees off streets in the 100-resident town.

The Martinsville Bulletin reported that people saw some buildings that were damaged.

Storms roaring through the South have smashed a daily record for rainfall in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Thursday's downpour caused flash flooding and prompted the closure of several schools in Pulaski and Saline counties.

MS is still recovering from last weekend's storm system, which killed one and injured nine across the state.

It's now rumbling through Georgia.

The deaths come in the wake of at least five people, including three children, who were killed last weekend in a storm system that drove more than three dozen tornadoes across the U.S. South. The weather service said it is monitoring possible severe thunderstorms that may be organizing.

More than 130 instances of severe weather were reported Thursday in the Southeast, including 10 tornado reports in Mississippi. The thunderstorms and tornado threats were expected to pass later Friday evening, said NWS meteorologist Bryan Jackson.

The storm cut power to communities in Alabama, Louisiana and Texas late on Thursday, and the National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes touched down in Dade County, Mo.

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