- One person killed by a fallen tree in Tallahassee, Florida.
- Several tornadoes were reported crossing North Florida.
- Damaged buildings and power outages were reported throughout the region.
At least one person was killed on Thursday when a tornado and deadly storm swept through the Deep South for the second day in a row.
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office in Tallahassee, Florida, said a tree fell on a man around 7 pm on the northeast side of the city. The victim died when the first respondent arrived at the scene. Another person suffered minor injuries.
Several fallen trees and power outages were reported throughout the city. The crew is still working to clean and restore power on Friday morning.
Parts of Florida were again under threat from bad weather on Friday, when heavy rains and storms moved across the central part of the state. About 15,000 people were without electricity throughout the state Friday morning, according to poweroutage.us.
North Florida was hit by strong winds and several tornadoes Thursday night and evening. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said several trees fell after a tornado reported moving across the county around 3 pm EDT. There were also reports of damage to several buildings in the area.
Photos posted to social media show debris and damage in Panama City, Florida.
Hurricane damage was also reported Thursday in Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama, while flooding flooded the streets of Charleston, South Carolina, where 5 inches of rain fell on Thursday.
Fire department and EMS department member in Anniston, Alabama, transported to the hospital early Thursday morning after they were injured while rescuing a resident from a house where a fallen tree had fallen. A civilian was also moved, EMS Anniston said in a statement on Facebook. The injuries are not life threatening.
In Georgia, a tornado was reported near Moultrie, in Colquitt County, about 42 miles northwest of Valdosta at around 12:40 a.m. Thursday. A Regional 911 Colquitt officer told weather.com there were extensive damage reports in the southern part of the county, including trees and electrical cables going down and damaged buildings. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Damage also occurred 23 miles east in Adel, Georgia. A representative from the district’s emergency management agency told weather.com that there were a number of minor injuries reported.
Adel’s old railroad depot was heavily damaged and traffic lights knocked down, Valdosta Daily Times reports. The storm was blamed for two traffic accidents: an overturned semitractor trailer on Georgia Highway 37 and a vehicle crashing into a crossing bridge on Interstate 75. The roof is tore up several buildings in the city center, Adel News-Tribune reports.
In the Mitchell District, the Pelham Parkway Nursing Home in Pelham, Georgia, is maintained damage to the window and roof, WTXL-TV reports. The staff there confirmed that all residents were safe, but the facility was operating on generator power.
Mitchell Regional Emergency Management Director, Jamie Sullivan told WALB-TV a a tree fell through a house at Pelham and trees were torn down throughout the county.
Missionary Baptist Church Lewis at Pelham also suffered damage.
Some areas of Mississippi were damaged early Thursday morning due to straight-line winds or possible tornadoes.
The National Weather Service Office in New Orleans is confirmed one tornado near McComb in Pike County around 3:20 pm Thursday, Clarion Ledger reported. Some homes and businesses suffered damage. Fallen trees and debris litter the streets, parking lots and yards.
About 20 houses were damaged or inaccessible, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Forty roads are closed.
Damage was also reported in the town of Brookhaven in Lincoln County.
Elizabeth Jackson said she and her three children had to crawl to the back of their home after the ceiling collapsed during a storm.
“I could hear things about windows at first and then suddenly, as I said, I just hear that collision sounded and looked up and the ceiling was fair, like coming over to me, “Jackson told WAPT-TV.
Flash floods caused problems in Hinds, Madison, and Rankin and other parts of central Mississippi.
Heavy rain caused flash floods in several Byram neighborhood, Reported WAPT.
“The water is one foot above Gary Road. My firefighter was here around 3am and went to every house and knocked on the door. Some houses already have water in them,” said the mayor of Byram, Richard White.
“We brought a family. A woman meets her mother here. He has a child and we brought him, “White said.
Significant storm damage was reported Thursday morning in Louisiana in the year Pointe Coupee, Port Allen and Zachary parishes, KAFB-TV reports.
A canopy above the gas pump collapsed on Circle K on Highway 19 and Highway 64 on Zachary. A tree hit a house in Port Allen. A family fell asleep at the time, but no one was hurt, KAFB reported.
Hails ranging from one inch to one inch and half in diameter were reported by the National Weather Service in parts of Watson, Maringouin, and Livonia.
There are at least 31 reports of tornadoes in the South from Wednesday night to Thursday morning. On Wednesday, a tornado killed at least five people and injuring dozens more in Texas and Oklahoma, while a hurricane in Louisiana killed at least two people.
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