- Two people died in Mississippi, where nine tornadoes were registered.
- An Alabama woman died after a tree fell in her house.
- Delta Airlines is allowing passengers flying through major northeastern airports on Friday to change their tickets.
- Nearly 100,000 homes and businesses in five states were without power on Friday.
At least three people died on Thursday when violent storms that marked US-generated tornadoes in the south of the country knocked down trees in houses, exploded cars and flooded roads.
The line of homes damaged by severe weather made traveling difficult and left tens of thousands of consumers powerless as they moved from Texas and Louisiana to Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. There were reports of nine tornadoes in Mississippi, meteorologists said.
One person was killed in Neshoba County, Mississippi, about 83 miles northeast of Jackson, according to the Neshoba Democrat newspaper. Neshoba Sheriff Tommy Waddell has confirmed his death after a tree fell in a vehicle outside the city of Philadelphia, the paper said.
In the rural town of Gillsburg, southwest Mississippi, Kenderick Magee, 24, was also killed while driving in the storm, WLBT-TV reported.
In Alabama, authorities said Monica Clements, 42, was killed Thursday night in St. Clair County when a tree fell into her home.
On Friday morning, the storms were moving through Tennessee, Georgia and Florida on a journey east. There is a strong risk of damaging winds from storms that will sweep across Virginia and the Carolinas later on Friday, meteorologists said.
Delta Airlines has announced that it will allow passengers to fly to or from a dozen airports in northeast Friday to change their itinerary. without additional cost. Affected airports include those of Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Newark and Washington D.C.
At least one school district in Georgia was closed Friday and Florida State University in Tallahassee announced that the campus would be closed until 10 AM.
Almost 100,000 homes and businesses in five states ran out of power on Friday, according to poweroutage.us. Most of them were in Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia.
Here is a state-by-state analysis of impacts.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham reported that there were fallen trees in the counties of Fayette, Tuscaloosa and Jefferson, and the roofs were damaged in Aliceville, about 45 miles west of Tuscaloosa.
Schools in Irwin County, about sixty miles south of Macon, Georgia, are closed on Friday in anticipation of bad weather, the WALB said. Superintendent Thad Clayton said they expect strong winds and power outages. Schools in Butts County, about 100 miles north of Macon, announced a two-hour delay.
Storm damage has been reported in at least 24 of Mississippi's 82 counties, the Associated Press reported.
A tornado was confirmed Thursday afternoon by a trained observer near Raymond, Mississippi, moving toward Clinton, about 12 miles from Jackson. A second tornado was confirmed near Harrisville, about 23 miles south of Jackson, at 2:40 p.m. CDT. Another was heading toward Monticello, Mississippi, according to the National Weather Service. Three others have also been reported.
Several homes were destroyed or damaged in Morton, near Interstate 20, about 40 miles east of Jackson. Roads were declared closed due to flooding or felled trees in several areas, including Starkville and Clinton.
Two cars were rolled over in a Walmart parking lot in Clinton, west of Jackson, the Clinton Fire Department said. A tornado warning was in effect for Clinton at the time, according to the National Weather Service.
A school bus was arrested among fallen trees on a road outside Utica, in Hinds County, reported WAPT. Utica police chief Timothy Myles told the station that the students and the driver were not injured.
Claiborne County Sheriff Frank Davis told WJTV that there were trees on Mississippi Highway 61and several other roads were blocked by fallen trees and power lines. There were no reports of injuries or material damage.
The National Weather Service said there was potential damage from tornadoes near Lorman in Jefferson County. Trees and power transmission lines were descending along Mississippi Highway 552, near Alcorn State University.
Floods were reported in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Thursday afternoon, after about 2.5 to 3 inches of rain fell in the area. Streams and streams were off its banks, and several side roads were flooded.
Two minor injuries were reported in Harve, a suburb of New Orleans, when a pole collapsed into two vehicles.