Tuesday 27 June 2017

Death toll rises as violent storms wreak havoc in Georgia

Storms destroyed half of mobile homes in a park in south Georgia (AP Photo/Rogelio V Solis)
Storms destroyed half of mobile homes in a park in south Georgia (AP Photo/Rogelio V Solis)

More people have been killed as violent storms tear across southern Georgia, an emergency official has said.

Sebon Burns said "fatalities and a lot of injuries" have been reported since an apparent tornado cut a path through the county on Sunday afternoon.

Mr Burns, chief deputy emergency management director for Georgia's Dougherty County, said he could not give even an estimate for how many people died.

Earlier the Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported 12 deaths had been confirmed in three other Georgia counties after storms hit before dawn on Sunday.

A wide area of Georgia and parts of South Carolina and Florida remained under tornado watches on Sunday evening.

Another four people were killed in Mississippi by a tornado on Saturday.

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