Storms blamed for 2 deaths sweep across the South
ATLANTA - A severe storm system is roughing up much of the South for a second day. It knocked out power to tens of thousands and snarled morning commutes.
The storm system claimed two lives yesterday after spinning off tornadoes in Arkansas and Missouri. And it sent heavy thunderstorms across much of Georgia early today.
In Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency even before the severe weather had cleared out of his state. A major utility provider in Louisiana, Entergy, said more than 37,000 customers remained without power in hard-hit regions of the state.
The Salvation Army assisted with recovery efforts in Monroe, La., one of the hardest-hit towns. Volunteers and Salvation Army workers are passing out disaster clean up kits and food boxes.
"We've seen structural damage to homes and businesses from strong winds, trees are down, windows blown out, and power is also knocked out," said Captain Jerry Williams, Command Officer for The Salvation Army of Northeast Louisiana.
Forecasters say tornadoes and damaging wind are still a threat as the storms head across the southern Appalachians into the Carolinas.
Georgia Power reported more than 29,000 customers without electricity early today, the bulk of the outages in the greater Atlanta area. Alabama Power reported about 20,500 customers still without power.