Severe storms tore across the South on Tuesday, Dec. 22, ransacking a Mississippi town just days before Christmas, resulting in the deaths of four people.
The National Weather Service confirmed that tornadoes touched down in Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi yesterday as intense downpours and fierce winds caused travel delays across the region.
According to local officials, three deaths occurred in mobile homes in Marion and Jones counties. Another woman died at a local business south of Columbia, Mississippi.
The tornadoes slammed into homes and businesses on Tuesday evening, destroying property and downing trees. As of 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, more than 3,500 customers remained without power in the Columbia area. As many as 50 people were injured according to the Associated Press.
Jones Co: Most of damage was along Mullican Road in Calhoun Community, where a wood frame home was leveled & mobile home destroyed. #mswx— NWS Jackson MS (@NWSJacksonMS) December 24, 2014
Downpours sparked flooding from Florida to Georgia. Tallahassee, Florida, received more than 7 inches on rain on Tuesday, nearly doubling their average rainfall for the month of December.
According to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Ben Knoll, large hail also ravaged the area.
With storms continuing to hover over the region into late Christmas Eve, restoration efforts will be hindered by additional rainfall.
"Locally damaging wind gusts in excess of 40 mph along with torrential downpours and frequent lightning are likely into the afternoon as the line moves to the east," Noll said. "The line will move off the coast this evening, but not before bringing several more inches of rain to the Southeast."