A child and two others were killed and others injured after storms and tornadoes struck the south and caused severe damage.
A child was killed as a result of a tornado that touched down in Holly Springs, Mississippi, according to WREG. It was one of 10 twisters to have been spotted Wednesday. According to Benton County Sheriff A.A. McMullen, severe weather killed two other people in that county.
Another tornado touched down on Wednesday in Coahoma County, northwest Mississippi, Jim Belles, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Memphis, Tennessee said. At least 10 states were issued tornado watches and warnings. In Marshall County, homes and property were damage and power lines downed. As many as 40 people were reportedly injured in Mississippi.
A tree was uprooted and sent flying towards a house as a result of strong winds and heavy rainfall. An 18-year-old woman was killed and a one-year-old child was trapped inside.
Coahoma County Emergency Management said that a tornado damaged 10 to 15 homes, seven of which were destroyed, when it struck Bellevue, MS. Injuries to five people were reported near Shannon Airport, in the Clarksdale, MS area.
Clarksdale Mayor Bill Luckett said the lone fatality was a dog, but added that 20 homes may have been impacted Wednesday as a result of severe weather. The mayor said the town was going to provide shelter to the needed in its civic center. “I’m looking at some horrific damage right now,” Luckett said. “Sheet metal is wrapped around trees; there are overturned airplanes; a building is just destroyed.”
Strong rains and gusty conditions reached as far as the Midwest. Residents were warned to not put up inflatable decorations outside.
A lightning strike set a delivery van on fire northeast of Little Rock. The driver, who was trapped inside, did not sustain any injuries. The smoke had filled up the van and officers arriving at the scene had to break the passenger side window to pull him out.
Electric utility Entergy Arkansas said that as many as 1,500 people lost power Wednesday morning due to the weather.
Flash flood warnings were issued in parts of Florence County, South Carolina, as reported by NBC News. Emergency officials said that Black Creek could go beyond the flood stage. A stretch on the US 41, known as the Industrial Highway, in Macon, Georgia was washed out and subsequently closed.