11th death confirmed as storms ravage South
CHAMBERS COUNTY, Ala. - The overall death toll from violent storms in the Southeast has risen to 11 people in three states.
A seventh death was confirmed Thursday in Mississippi as a result of severe weather that swept through the state. In addition, three people died in Tennessee and one was killed in Arkansas.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says four deaths were reported in Benton County, two in Marshall County and one in Tippah County.
Torrential storms dumped 10 inches of rain or more across parts of southeast Alabama, causing widespread flooding Thursday.
Muddy water covered dozens of roads, forcing holiday travelers to take long detours. In Chambers County, emergency officials said two roads had collapsed because of rain, causing natural gas leaks from ruptured lines.
Photos posted to social media showed cars covered by water in multiple counties and a washed-out road that resembled a waterfall in Macon County. Pike County authorities asked drivers to stay off roads until noon Friday.
The National Weather Service said a widespread swath of Coffee County received as much as 10 inches of rain in a 24-hour period ending 7 a.m. Thursday, and a foot of rain was recorded north of Enterprise. Rainfall totals of as much as 4 inches were common.