Strong Storms, Including Tornadoes, Hit Southeast, Killing At Least 3

Strong Storms, Including Tornadoes, Hit Southeast, Killing At Least 3

The weather service said survey teams Wednesday morning found evidence of EF-2 strength tornadoes in the Rosalie area of Jackson County and in the Ryland area of Madison County.

As the storm system was brewing, The Associated Press reported that according to predictions, the rains might help suppress the wildfires but won't be enough to end the drought.

A tornado that tore through Alabama has killed three people and injured multiple others.

In Tennessee, husband and wife died, possibly due to a tornado, as the storm hit their house in Polk County, the AP reports.

In Mississippi, a half-dozen tornadoes were reported, including one that destroyed four homes. Daybreak revealed mangled sheets of metal, insulation and a ladder hanging in trees.

"We had a plaza, a service station and several buildings connected together, and it's all gone", said Knight, adding that the storm also destroyed a church and damaged buildings at a nearby Christmas tree farm.

On Wednesday afternoon, a second round of storms spawned at least two more tornadoes in the Atlanta metroplex, in Carroll County southwest of the city and in Cobb County near the Six Flags theme park.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley issued a state of emergency because of the storms. 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.

According to the National Weather Service's latest tornado watch, portions of southwestern Alabama, southeastern Louisiana, southeastern MS, and areas near the coastal waters are still at risk of tornadoes and damaging wind gusts from 4:55 noon, Central Time, on Wednesday.

Severe thunderstorms in the Southeast on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning brought tornadoes, hail and wind damage, killing at least five people, according to the National Weather Service and media reports.

Chuck Phillips, Jackson County sheriff, said "numerous" homes in the county had been destroyed and many had been damaged, including two churches, and electricity lines and trees were downed throughout the area.

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.

"I've never driven through something like this in my life", Presley said. The rains were also helping douse wildfires in the Carolinas, officials said.