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Authorities: Tornadoes kill at least 9 in deadly march across South as residents take cover

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    Buildings are damaged along Gloucester Street after a tornado in Tupelo, Miss., Monday, April 28, 2014.T ornados flattened homes and businesses, flipped trucks over on highways and injured numerous people in Mississippi and Alabama on Monday as a massive, dangerous storm system passed over several states in the South, threatening additional twisters as well as severe thunderstorms, damaging hail and flash floods. (AP Photo/The Daily Mississippian, Thomas Graning) (The Associated Press)

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    A building is damaged in Tupelo, Miss. Monday, April 28, 2014. Tornados flattened homes and businesses, flipped trucks over on highways and injured numerous people in Mississippi and Alabama on Monday as a massive, dangerous storm system passed over several states in the South, threatening additional twisters as well as severe thunderstorms, damaging hail and flash floods. (AP Photo/The Daily Mississippian, Ignacio Murillo) (The Associated Press)

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    Residents survey damage along a street in Tupelo, Miss., Monday, April 28, 2014. Tornados flattened homes and businesses, flipped trucks over on highways and injured numerous people in Mississippi and Alabama on Monday as a massive, dangerous storm system passed over several states in the South, threatening additional twisters as well as severe thunderstorms, damaging hail and flash floods. (AP Photo/The Daily Mississippian, Thomas Graning) (The Associated Press)

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    Esmeralda, left and Craig Stanford help a friend clean up his North Gloster Street Texaco gas station and quick stop in Tupelo, Miss, after a tornado touched down on Monday, April 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle) (The Associated Press)

After spawning deadly tornadoes that flattened homes and businesses in Alabama and Mississippi, a storm system that also caused havoc in the Midwest has Georgia in its sights early Tuesday.

At least nine people in the South were killed Monday, bringing the overall death toll from two days of severe weather to at least 26.

In Mississippi, Republican state Sen. Giles Ward huddled in a bathroom with his wife, four other family members and their dog Monday as a tornado destroyed his two-story house.

Tens of thousands of customers were without power in Alabama, Mississippi, and Kentucky, which did not report tornadoes but was slammed with storms. Thousands more hunkered down in basements and shelters as The National Weather Service issued watches and warnings for more tornadoes throughout the night.

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