Georgia was in the path of the storms as were Alabama and South Dakota, where a tornado reportedly touched down outside of Sioux Falls.
In Arkansas, two people were killed as strong winds toppled trees, a not too distant reminder of the recent death of an Athens man who was killed when a tree fell onto his vehicle due to high winds.
Pedro Gerosquieta, 39, left behind a wife and five children when the fatal storm hit the Pinewood Estates North mobile home park on April 30.
In southern Tennessee a man reportedly died Thursday morning when his vehicle was swept downstream as he tried to cross a flooded road.
A number of homes and businesses in Arkansas were reportedly damaged as a result of the storms and strong winds blew over a freight train.
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