At least three people were killed when severe weather — including suspected tornadoes — barreled through the Deep South on Monday, authorities said.
One person died from an apparent twister in a Vernon Parish, Louisiana, while a husband and wife were killed in Alabama from the storms that were associated from a strong cold front.
“It was total chaos,“ Lawrence County Coroner in Alabama told reporters. “We had to make due the best we could.”
As a result of Monday’s widespread severe weather outbreak, the National Weather Service issued numerous tornado watches and warnings.
Vernon Parish Sheriff Department Chief Deputy Calvin said more victims from the storm may turn up. Authorities, he said, are still trying to reach hard-hit areas.
At least a dozen other people were also injured from the wild weather, including one victim who was seriously hurt when another apparent tornado touched down in Amite County, Mississippi, said county emergency director Grant McCurley.
Several homes in the area were badly damaged and downed trees with live wires complicated the cleanup, he said.
The National Weather Service said the severe weather threat could spill over into Tuesday.
With Post Wires