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Spring storm that has killed 3 is moving to the Carolinas after socking the Midwest

  • Shuqualak, Miss. residents begin cleanup of debris from homes hit by a tornado Thursday, April 11, 2013. A tornado plowed through rural sections of eastern Mississippi Thursday, killing at least one person and causing widespread damage and power outages, officials said. That and other damaging storms in the state were part of the same front that had dumped heavy, wet snow and ice in the Midwest and spawned tornadoes elsewhere. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

    Shuqualak, Miss. residents begin cleanup of debris from homes hit by a tornado Thursday, April 11, 2013. A tornado plowed through rural sections of eastern Mississippi Thursday, killing at least one person and causing widespread damage and power outages, officials said. That and other damaging storms in the state were part of the same front that had dumped heavy, wet snow and ice in the Midwest and spawned tornadoes elsewhere. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hazelwood fire fighters gather outside a home in Hazelwood  that was damaged by a storm  as the make a plan to enter and retrieve medicine for a resident who escaped the home on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Butch Dye, a hydrometeorological technician with the National Weather Service in St. Louis, Mo., said severe weather struck the suburb of Hazelwood.  "We won't be able to confirm whether it was a tornado until teams get out there tomorrow," Dye said. (AP Photo/David Carson, Post-Dispatch)

    Hazelwood fire fighters gather outside a home in Hazelwood that was damaged by a storm as the make a plan to enter and retrieve medicine for a resident who escaped the home on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Butch Dye, a hydrometeorological technician with the National Weather Service in St. Louis, Mo., said severe weather struck the suburb of Hazelwood. "We won't be able to confirm whether it was a tornado until teams get out there tomorrow," Dye said. (AP Photo/David Carson, Post-Dispatch)  (The Associated Press)

  • A tree that landed on the roof of Susan Strebeck's home in Hazelwood after a storm blew through the area causing extensive damage on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Butch Dye, a hydrometeorological technician with the National Weather Service in St. Louis, Mo., said severe weather struck the suburb of Hazelwood.  "We won't be able to confirm whether it was a tornado until teams get out there tomorrow," Dye said. (AP Photo/David Carson, Post-Dispatch)

    A tree that landed on the roof of Susan Strebeck's home in Hazelwood after a storm blew through the area causing extensive damage on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Butch Dye, a hydrometeorological technician with the National Weather Service in St. Louis, Mo., said severe weather struck the suburb of Hazelwood. "We won't be able to confirm whether it was a tornado until teams get out there tomorrow," Dye said. (AP Photo/David Carson, Post-Dispatch)  (The Associated Press)

A powerful spring storm that brought tornadoes, hail and high winds to the Deep South after socking the Midwest is making its way toward the Carolinas early Friday, with three deaths blamed on the rough weather and thousands of people without power.

The storm marched from Louisiana to Georgia on Thursday, causing major damage to parts of Mississippi, where a twister was spotted and one person was killed. Tennessee authorities late Thursday declared a state of emergency after a tornado was reported in Monroe County, in the southeastern part of that state.

While tornado watches for the Atlanta area had been lifted by early Friday, they remained in effect in for parts of the Carolinas.