3 Dead as Storm Sweeps South
System headed for the Carolinas
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 12, 2013 7:20 AM CDT
Huntsville Fire and Rescue crews remove a downed tree blocking traffic on Dell Avenue as strong storms passed through Huntsville, Ala., April 11, 2013.   (AP Photo/AL.com, Eric Schultz)

(Newser) – The severe storm system sweeping through the Deep South has now killed at least three people and left tens of thousands without power as it makes its way toward the Carolinas and the East Coast, the AP reports. After wreaking havoc in Missouri and Arkansas on Wednesday, the storm swept toward Georgia yesterday. Reported tornadoes have touched down in southeastern Tennessee and Mississippi, where at least one person was killed.

The storm is still dropping baseball-sized hail on parts of Georgia, and could disrupt day two of the Masters golf tournament at Augusta. While tornado warnings have been lifted in the Atlanta area, they remain in effect for parts of the Carolinas. Indeed, the National Weather Service is expecting "a round of heavy rainfall with embedded thunderstorms" from Florida all the way through the Northeast. Missouri, meanwhile, is still recovering from its bout with the storm, with 23,000 homes and businesses still without power.