Storms in South kill girl in Florida, bring tornado threat


After days of sunny skies in North Carolina, severe weather is expected Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Georgia power companies reported that more than 37,000 customers were without power around the state Friday afternoon.

Forecasters say they expect the storms to move through the Columbia area midday.

Alabama authorities said a woman was killed Thursday night after strong storms knocked a tree onto her mobile home in St Clair County.

Torrential downpours, large hail and a few tornadoes were among the hazards, the National Weather Service in Raleigh, North Carolina, warned. And severe storms with damaging winds and possible tornadoes are expected on Friday.

The storms were expected to move Thursday into the Deep South. Dozens of schools in MS and Alabama dismissed students early as a precaution.

Tornado warnings had been issued in Alamance, Orange and Person counties until 10:30 a.m. and for the Henderson area until 11:30 a.m., according to the service.

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(ABC News) Virginia and the Carolinas may see severe storms today. The NWS reported that MS saw 19 tornadoes between April 13 and 15.

Parts of southeast Alabama have been placed under flood warnings after heavy rains caused "significant" rises along the Tombigbee River.

Strong winds ripped the brick facade off one apartment building in Jackson, hurling chunks of brick on cars parked below, CNN affiliate WAPT reported. A spotter confirmed a tornado on the ground southwest of Jackson.

The Storm Prediction Center has outlooked parts of the region in the "moderate risk" category for severe thunderstorms, something very rare for this part of the country.

National Weather Service forecasters said they believe multiple tornadoes hit southwest and central MS on Thursday, although they won't be sure until the damage is surveyed. The death was in Monroe County, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Greg Michel said.

Severe thunderstorms rumbled across North Texas, the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas, producing several tornadoes and unleashing widespread hail. Egg-size hail was reported about 60 miles (95 kilometers) northwest of Fort Worth.