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

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Rufina Vignone | 02 Dicembre, 2016, 12:41

The storms in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee come during an extreme drought in the region, which has fueled devastating wildfires in Tennessee and other states.

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 suspected tornado was responsible for the death of a husband and wife in southern Tennessee's Polk County, while an unknown number of others were injured, said Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Dean Flener.

At least three people have died and four children are in critical condition after severe weather and reported tornadoes tore across the state of Alabama early Wednesday, destroying dozens of structures, including a 24-hour daycare facility. There have been other reports of tornadoes and hail in Louisiana and Tennessee, per the Associated Press.

The Jackson County coroner's office has confirmed that three people are dead and several more are injured in the community of Rosalie, Alabama, north of Fort Payne. He didn't have further details on what happened.

At least 25 more homes and six poultry operations also sustained damage in the county.

Shirley Knight, whose family owns a small propane business in Rosalie, said the storm crashed in on them in the middle of the night.

More than 50 miles southeast, approximately 70 people in Winston County were thankful to be alive after seeking refuge in a storm shelter.

Meanwhile, thousands of people were without power, including up to 45,000 homes at one point in Alabama. In Mississippi, the National Weather Service in Jackson said late Tuesday that it had counted six confirmed tornadoes so far in the areas of the state it monitors.

Tremendous thunderstorms with ping-pong ball-sized hail and risky tornadoes covered much of the Southeast - stretching from Louisiana up through Tennessee - Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

As many as nine possible tornadoes in MS caused power outages and damage, WLBT reported.

The weather service said it received several preliminary reports of tornadoes in Alabama.

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.

"I've never driven through something like this in my life", Presley said.

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