Storms, flooding sweep over Deep South; several dead

(AP/Gray) - At least three people were killed Thursday when strong storms ripped through the South.

At least one person died when a possible tornado tore through Marengo County, Alabama, WBRC reported.

Another person was injured, and two mobile homes in the area were destroyed, WSFA reported.

A driver was killed by a falling tree in South Carolina, according to WBTV, while another driver was killed just across the state line in North Carolina when his vehicle hydroplaned.

A teacher died in Sevier County, Tennessee, when a tree fell on the van in which she was riding, reported WVLT. Four others who were in the van, including the teacher’s husband, were hurt.

Areas of the Deep South are at risk of severe weather including tornadoes and torrential rains.

The Charlotte airport was under a tornado warning Thursday, leading to the temporary evacuation of the tower, the airport reported on Twitter.

A wide area of the South is also experiencing flooding, including Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina.

Evacuations are underway in Harlan and Bell counties in Kentucky amid reports of people being trapped in their homes, WYMT said. The Cumberland River overtopped its banks.

A unoccupied home was spotted floating away in Harlan County, Ky, WYMT said.

Tornado sirens went off at the University of Georgia in Athens on Thursday morning as a tornado-warned storm passed to the south.

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In central Mississippi, a possible tornado damaged five homes Wednesday night, WLBT reported. No one was injured. A EF-1 was also reported in Yazoo County, north of Jackson.

A powerful winter storm dropped snow along the Mexican border, dropping four inches of snow in El Paso and pea-sized hail in New Orleans.

Authorities believe high winds are responsible for a scaffolding collapse in downtown New Orleans that injured one person on Wednesday, WVUE reported.

The front caused flooding in Alabama, and flood watches remained in effect in Georgia, where rains fell through the night.

Winter storm warnings remain in effect from the Upper Midwest to the Great North Woods of Maine.

Sunny skies are expected in New England after the snow blows through.

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