Storms tear through U.S. South, death toll at 35 as system moves east

Global News

LOUISVILLE, Miss. – A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, killing at least 35 and forcing frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark.

As crews in Mississippi and Alabama turned from search-and-rescue efforts to cleanup, forecasters began to downplay their initially dire predictions of a third round of deadly twisters Tuesday. Meterologists said the storm system had weakened substantially by evening, although some tornado watches and warnings were still in effect for isolated areas.

The latest area of the country to be affected was the Florida Panhandle, where heavy rains and flooding left people stranded in their homes and cars Wednesday.

WATCH: Weatherman orders crew to take cover as tornado hits Mississippi

Escambia County spokesman Bill Pearson said fire rescue crews weren’t able to respond to…

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