Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Spring storm moves to the Carolinas

Lightning strikes above the city of Huntsville in Alabama (AP/ Bob Gathany)

A powerful spring storm that brought tornadoes, hail and high winds to America's Deep South after hitting the Midwest is making its way towards the Carolinas, with three deaths blamed on the rough weather and thousands of people without power.

The storm marched from Louisiana to Georgia on Thursday, causing major damage to parts of Mississippi, where a twister was spotted and one person was killed.

Tennessee authorities declared a state of emergency late on Thursday after a tornado was reported in Monroe County, in the south-eastern part of that state.

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

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