December 18, 2014
Another band of fierce thunderstorms is battering a number of southern states Friday.
The National Weather Service says it's receiving reports of heavy rain, high winds and possible tornadoes toppling trees and power lines and damaging several homes in southern Louisiana.
Flash flood warnings have been issued in southeastern coastal parishes and the New Orleans area.
The storm system is expected to move eastward throughout the day. That's likely to make cleanup more difficult in Magee, Mississippi. A pre-dawn tornado there yesterday flattened dozens of homes and businesses along with a church, injuring 28 people.
Forecasters warn more severe weather could hit central Mississippi later Friday.
Authorities in Alabama are reporting a tornado struck early this morning in Baldwin County, along the Gulf Coast. But there are no reports of major injuries or extensive damage.
The heavy weather is reaching as far as Atlanta, where fog and bursts of rain slowed morning rush hour to a crawl.
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