ATLANTA – A severe storm system roughed up much of the South for a second day Tuesday, knocking out power to tens of thousands as it snarled morning commutes and kept many under a tornado watch.
The vast system, which claimed two lives Monday after spinning off tornadoes in Arkansas and Missouri, sent heavy thunderstorms across much of Georgia.
The Storm Prediction Center said more than 36 million people were in the path of damaging storms that formed in the Midwest earlier in the week. The center said possible tornadoes and damaging wind gusts remained a threat as the storms headed across the southern Appalachians into the Carolinas.
Georgia Power reported roughly 3,000 customers without electricity Tuesday afternoon, while Alabama Power reported about 7,000 still without power. Tornadoes also touched down in two Atlanta suburbs. An EF1 tornado hit Alpharetta – northeast of Atlanta – and an EF0 tornado was confirmed in East Point, southeast of downtown Atlanta, said Ryan Willis, National Weather Service meteorologist.
The storms downed trees and power lines in Louisiana, leaving thousands without electricity.
A major utility provider in Louisiana, Entergy, said more than 37,000 customers remained without power.
In Alabama a day earlier, a tree fell on a mobile home about 25 miles northwest of Birmingham, killing a 75-year-old woman and injuring her husband, a coroner said. A tornado near Ashdown, Arkansas, killed a man and injured his wife when their home was destroyed Monday, said authorities, adding it was one of two tornadoes in the state that day.
Two tornadoes also touched down Monday in Missouri, causing roof damage and toppling trees, according to the National Weather Service. And in Texas, lightning was suspected in a fire that set an oil well site ablaze near Longview.
Authorities said the storms dumped enough rain in Tennessee to cause street flooding in Chattanooga, forcing road closures.
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