The storms were expected to move Thursday into the Deep South. Dozens of schools in MS and Alabama dismissed students early as a precaution.
Heavy rainfall and a risk of flash flooding is also present as tropic moisture streams north along the East Coast, according to the weather service. The storm is expected to move up the east coast Friday through the weekend and states from North Carolina to ME are under flood watches.
"Storms will be moving very quickly today", the National Weather Service warns.
Hundreds of people are cleaning up part of a central MS town hit hard by a tornado generated by a storm system moving through the South.
In Forsyth County northeast of Atlanta, three firefighters suffered minor injuries when their firetruck overturned during heavy rain and wind, Fire Department Division Chief Jason Shivers told the newspaper.
"Severe thunderstorms with considerable potential for producing damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes are expected across much of the southern through mid-Atlantic Coast region, particularly across the Carolinas into southern Virginia late this afternoon and evening", the National Weather Service said Friday.
Strong storms were rumbling through Georgia on Friday, after killing two Mississippi drivers and a woman in Alabama and leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.
Kenderick Magee, 24, was killed when his vehicle crashed during severe weather in Amite County on Thursday, CNN affiliate WLBT reported.
Ahead of the severe weather set to make its way across the Northeast, Delta and United airlines are waiving their flight change fees for travelers scheduled to fly Friday.
The storms are expected to move into the Piedmont around 11 a.m. He said his family likely would stay with relatives in nearby Clinton, where two cars were flipped in a Walmart parking lot. And a tree fell on one house in Jackson, damaging the ceiling and two rooms in the rear.
Parts of the south are trying to recover from back-to-back storms in the last several weeks. Emergency management officials say they received multiple reports of trees falling on houses in rural, southern Hinds County, which includes Jackson.
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