Tennessee

Deadly storms add to drought, flood and fires plaguing South

  • Bob Wright looks for personal belongings after a suspected tornado ripped through the town of Rosalie, killing three of his brother's family members, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Rosalie, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    Bob Wright looks for personal belongings after a suspected tornado ripped through the town of Rosalie, killing three of his brother's family members, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Rosalie, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)  (The Associated Press)

  • People work to salvage items from Sullivan Cycles Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, after it was destroyed by overnight storms and high winds in Neel, Ala. (Crystal Vander Weit/The Decatur Daily via AP)

    People work to salvage items from Sullivan Cycles Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, after it was destroyed by overnight storms and high winds in Neel, Ala. (Crystal Vander Weit/The Decatur Daily via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mike Young hugs his friend Sharon Harrell after he came to check on her after a suspected tornado touched down in Tullahoma, Tenn.,  Wednesday Nov. 30, 2016.  Residents around the South have begun cleaning up after a night of powerful storms. (Larry McCormack/The Tennessean via AP)

    Mike Young hugs his friend Sharon Harrell after he came to check on her after a suspected tornado touched down in Tullahoma, Tenn., Wednesday Nov. 30, 2016. Residents around the South have begun cleaning up after a night of powerful storms. (Larry McCormack/The Tennessean via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The National Weather Service confirms that at least 13 twisters damaged homes, splintered barns and toppled trees in parts of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, killing five people in two states.

At least a dozen more people were injured early Wednesday, adding to a seemingly biblical onslaught of drought, flood and fire plaguing the South.

The storms tore through just as firefighters began to get control of wildfires that killed seven and damaged or wiped out more than 700 homes and businesses around the resort town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. In Alabama, the weather system dumped more than 2 inches of rain in areas parched by months of choking drought.

Forecasters confirmed at least five tornadoes hit Alabama, three in southern Tennessee, one in Louisiana and at least four in Mississippi.