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1 dead, several hurt as storm pounds the Southeast

Auburn University student Tabitha Welch helps a friend search her home for valuables Wednesday after a windstorm blew several trees onto the structure in Auburn, Ala.

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Auburn University student Tabitha Welch helps a friend search her home for valuables Wednesday after a windstorm blew several trees onto the structure in Auburn, Ala.

ROCK HILL, S.C. — A strong storm system that produced several possible tornadoes hit the Southeast on Wednesday, damaging dozens of homes and buildings. At least four people were killed and at least 20 others were injured.

Suspected tornadoes were reported in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina, and thousands of people were without power as trees and power lines were downed.

In South Carolina, three people were killed and five injured when an apparent tornado swept through a rural community near Rock Hill, about 20 miles south of Charlotte, N.C.

In north Georgia, an unidentified person was killed when a tree fell on top of a sport utility vehicle.

In eastern Alabama, a suspected twister splintered trees and demolished mobile homes at a pair of housing parks near the Auburn University campus.

In southeastern Mississippi, officials said some people were briefly trapped in their homes as trees fell on them. Mobile homes were tossed off their foundations. In all, 15 people were hurt in the area.

Forecasters said a cold front stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Northeast was to blame. Winds gusted to near 30 mph as the front passed.

1 dead, several hurt as storm pounds the Southeast 11/16/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:54pm]
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