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Deadly storm moves into Carolinas

Residents begin cleaning up Thursday after a tornado hit Shuqualak, Miss.   AP photo

Shuqualak, Miss. residents begin cleanup of debris from homes hit by a tornado Thursday, April 11, 2013. A tornado plowed through rural sections of eastern Mississippi Thursday, killing at least one person and causing widespread damage and power outages, officials said. That and other damaging storms in the state were part of the same front that had dumped heavy, wet snow and ice in the Midwest and spawned tornadoes elsewhere. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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From page A2 | April 12, 2013 |

SHUQUALAK, Miss. (AP) — A powerful spring storm unleashed tornadoes, hail and high winds as it swept through the Midwest into the Deep South, leaving three people dead and thousands without power before heading for the Carolinas early Friday.

The storm marched from Louisiana to Georgia on Thursday, killing one person in Mississippi, where a twister was spotted. A tornado also was reported in southeastern Tennessee, prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency.

Two people have been killed in the Midwest as a result of the storms: A utility worker in Missouri was electrocuted while helping to repair damaged power lines, and a woman in the Nebraska Panhandle died when she tried to trudge through a blinding snowstorm from her disabled car to her house a mile away.

While tornado watches for the Atlanta area had been lifted by early Friday, they remained in effect for parts of the Carolinas.

In Georgia, the world’s best golfers were keeping a wary eye on the storms as they prepared to play in the second day of the Masters at Augusta National. The weather was warm and sunny on the first day of the four-day tournament, but severe storms were forecast overnight, and golf- and baseball-sized hail were reported in northeast Georgia and western parts of the Carolinas.

As the system moved through the Southeast, high winds knocked over trees and power lines in rural west Alabama and eastern Mississippi. About 50 school systems in central and north Alabama sent students home early, and a few government offices and businesses also closed early.

In Mississippi, Emergency Management Agency spokesman Greg Flynn said Thursday that one person died and several people were injured after a reported tornado struck Kemper County in the far-eastern part of the state.

At Contract Fabricators Inc. in Kemper County, bent pieces of tin hung from the heavily damaged building. A tractor-trailer was twisted and overturned, and debris from the business was strewn through the woods across the street.

Tabatha Lott, a dispatcher in Mississippi’s Noxubee County, said there were numerous injuries reported in the town of Shuqualak, as well as reports of damaged buildings and power outages.

Derek Cody, an amateur storm chaser who works at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, just south of Shuqualak, told The Associated Press he drove north to the small town to try to catch a glimpse of a tornado there.

He said he got out of his car on U.S. 45 just as the twister was approaching the highway, only to be hit by a strong gust of wind moving into the storm that almost knocked him over.

“I kind of sat there and hoped it would cross right in front of me,” Cody said. “It was just a black mass that moved across the road.”

Cody said the center of Shuqualak, an eastern Mississippi town of 500 people, was unaffected. But he said a gas station and about 10 or so houses west of the town center were damaged. He said one house was “completely flattened” with debris blown across the road.

Shuqualak resident Kathy Coleman, 57, said she was outside her home, signing for a delivery of her dialysis medication, when the deliveryman hustled her back into the house. They huddled with Coleman’s housekeeper in the bathroom when the storm hit.

“All I could hear was trees breaking and falling and glass,” Coleman said. “He started praying and I started praying. Thank God he was here.”

The T-shaped system first swept across the nation’s midsection Wednesday night and pummeled portions of Missouri. An EF-2 tornado, which generally carries winds of 113 mph to 157 mph, appears to have damaged dozens of homes in the St. Louis suburb of Hazelwood and more than 23,000 homes and businesses lost power, the National Weather Service said Thursday. A utility worker for Ameren Missouri was electrocuted while helping to repair damage, the company said.

In the upper Midwest over the past couple of days, heavy, wet snow, ice and wind have left thousands of homes and businesses without power. In the Nebraska Panhandle, a woman died Tuesday when she tried to trudge through a blinding snowstorm from her disabled car to her house a mile away.

In Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, authorities said Thursday that flooding from heavy rain and melting snow sent some rivers over their banks and closed roads.

In Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency Thursday after a spring snowstorm heaped more headaches on the southwestern corner of the state, where communities are still struggling to restore power following an ice storm earlier in the week. Officials said it might be early next week before electricity was restored in the southwest.

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By Holbrook Mohr. Associated Press writers Jim Suhr and Jim Salter in St. Louis; Jeff Amy in Jackson, Miss.; Blake Nicholson in Bismarck, N.D.; Steve Karnowski in Minneapolis; Gretchen Ehlke in Milwaukee; David Runk in Detroit; and Jay Reeves in Birmingham, Ala., contributed to this report.

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