5 dead as South starts cleaning up from storms

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ROSALIE, Ala. (AP) – Residents around the South have begun cleaning up after a night of powerful storms left five people dead and more than a dozen injured. But heavy rains continued in some areas long under a deep drought.

Tennessee authorities say a husband and wife died when a possible tornado struck their home in Polk County. Across the state line in Alabama, three people were killed when another possible tornado smashed into a mobile home.

The National Weather Service says possible tornadoes and strong winds downed tree and power lines and damaged home across Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

In Winston County, Mississippi, Sheriff Jason Pugh says he and his deputies were helping those with damaged home to find a place to stay.

“Thank goodness everybody is all right down here,” Pugh told WCBI TV.

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