Storms force school closings after killing 2 in Louisiana

Edwards signed the statewide declaration Monday before embarking on a trip to survey storm damage in Rapides and St. Martin parishes.

Neville Alexander, 3, and Francine Gotch, 38, were inside the mobile home in the town of Breaux Bridge, just outside Lafayette, Louisiana, when the storm slammed into the dwelling, causing "significant damage", the St. Martin Sheriff's Office said on its Facebook page.

"Damaging winds, large hail, a few tornadoes and frequent lightning will be the main hazards" as the storm system engulfs the area, according to a National Weather Service hazardous weather outlook.

A man in SC died Monday afternoon when a possible tornado flipped his mobile home, officials said.

Escambia and Santa Rosa counties schools were open on Monday. Strong storms were moving through the Mobile, Alabama, area this morning. He says the woman told the operator she could hear sirens when the two lost contact.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A MS woman who desperately tried to direct rescuers to her sinking vehicle after it skidded into a rain-swollen creek was among five people killed in storms across the South.

"It took three hours for the waters to recede enough to find her auto", Ruth said. Tornadoes and damaging winds are likely from southern MS all the way into SC.

But the governor says the southern part of the state is also under a "moderate and enhanced" risk for severe weather as well, calling it a "state-wide weather event". Some schools in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama canceled or delayed the start of classes Monday so students wouldn't travel in heavy rain or on flooded streets.

The National Weather Service reports a possible tornado touchdown in Laurens, S.C.

About 18,000 homes and businesses were without power in MS, he said. A cold front is firing up showers and storms, some of which may turn severe.

"The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of North Florida at high risk of severe weather through this afternoon", said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey.

Meanwhile, at least three tornadoes had occurred in northeast Louisiana and 15 structures had been damaged in Franklin Parish, Lamb said. The center said there is a risk of baseball-sized hail and tornadoes, including strong ones, in those areas. Power was knocked out to thousands of homes and businesses and downed trees were blocking roads.

  • Salvatore Jensen