3 Dead as Storm Sweeps South

System headed for the Carolinas

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 12, 2013 7:20 AM CDT

(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.

Huntsville Fire and Rescue crews remove a downed tree blocking traffic on Dell Avenue as strong storms passed through Huntsville, Ala., April 11, 2013.
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)
A car is trapped under power lines on Whitesburg Drive as strong storms swept through Huntsville, Ala., April 11, 2013.
A car is trapped under power lines on Whitesburg Drive as strong storms swept through Huntsville, Ala., April 11, 2013.   (AP Photo/AL.com, Eric Schultz)
Lightning strikes downtown Huntsville, Ala. as strong storms move into Madison County Thursday afternoon, April 11, 2013.
Lightning strikes downtown Huntsville, Ala. as strong storms move into Madison County Thursday afternoon, April 11, 2013.   (AP Photo/AL.com, Bob Gathany)
Heavy cranes are covered by debris from Contract Fabricators Inc. after a tornado ripped through the area, April 11, 2013.
Heavy cranes are covered by debris from Contract Fabricators Inc. after a tornado ripped through the area, April 11, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Emergency personnel carry away the body of a person killed by a tornado Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Kemper County, Miss.
Emergency personnel carry away the body of a person killed by a tornado Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Kemper County, Miss.   (AP Photo/The Meridan Star, Paula Merritt)
Family members and friends search through Ralph Sciple's home on Highway 397 in Kemper County, Miss., after a tornado ripped through the area, April 11, 2013.
Family members and friends search through Ralph Sciple's home on Highway 397 in Kemper County, Miss., after a tornado ripped through the area, April 11, 2013.   (AP Photo/The Meridan Star, Paula Merritt)
A Mississippi Power Lignite Coal Plant structure on Highway 493 in Kemper County, Miss. is severely damaged after a tornado ripped through the area Thursday.
A Mississippi Power Lignite Coal Plant structure on Highway 493 in Kemper County, Miss. is severely damaged after a tornado ripped through the area Thursday.   (AP Photo/The Meridan Star, Paula Merritt)
Shuqualak, Miss. residents begin cleanup of debris from homes hit a tornado Thursday, April 11, 2013.
Shuqualak, Miss. residents begin cleanup of debris from homes hit a tornado Thursday, April 11, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
This photo provided by Derek Cody shows a tornado over Shuqualak, Miss. on Thursday, April 11, 2013.
This photo provided by Derek Cody shows a tornado over Shuqualak, Miss. on Thursday, April 11, 2013.   (AP Photo/Derek Cody)
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