The latest on the severe storms moving across the U.S. and the unusually warm December weather (all times local):

6:20 a.m.

Emergency officials were checking for possible tornado damage before dawn on Christmas Eve in southeast Alabama after the National Weather Service said radar showed what appeared to be a mass of debris from a tornado.

Police say splintered trees covered a road near Clayton.

Alabama Power Co. says about 3,500 homes and businesses are without power, most in the Mobile area and southeastern Alabama, where forecasters say torrential rain was falling at a rate of 5 inches an hour. The weather service says more than 9 inches of rain fell overnight in Coffee County.

Flood watches and warnings covered parts of the state.

To the north, a weather service team was headed to Lauderdale County, Alabama's northwestern corner, to determine whether a tornado was to blame for damage that included downed trees and damaged homes.


4 a.m.

Residents of northern Mississippi and across the Southeast were beginning to take stock after fierce storms that killed at least six across the region whipped through.

The deadly spring-like storms killed three in Mississippi, two others in Tennessee and one in Arkansas before the worst passed Wednesday night.

Mulester Johnson says he and relatives were inside his house in Holly Springs, Mississippi, when the storm hit.

He says the wind tore the back of his house from its foundation and multiple sheds were missing afterward. Trees rested atop several trucks on his property, and slabs of brick walls were strewn throughout his yard.

Officials say a 7-year-old boy died in Holly Springs, Mississippi, when the storm picked up and tossed the car he was riding in.