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Severe Storms, Tornadoes Kill Two, Injure 20 in Deep South

Two people were killed and about 20 other people were injured by a powerful spring storm that spun off tornadoes and flooded parts of the Southeast on Monday.

In Mississippi, a 9-year-old girl was swept away and killed after the storms dropped nearly 7 inches of rain there in a two-day span.

A car that left the road into rain-swollen Jackson Creek in Lilburn, Ga., northeast of Atlanta, was discovered with the driver dead inside, the fire department said.

Ten to 15 people were injured and about a dozen farm properties were damaged during a heavy rain storm that spawned a confirmed tornado in Beaufort County in eastern North Carolina, according to county officials and the National Weather Service.

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None of the injuries was considered life-threatening, Emergency Management Director John Pack told NBC News.

Eight other people were injured early Monday when a confirmed tornado touched down in the town of Hot Coffee in southern Mississippi, the National Weather Service reported.

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More than 70 homes were damaged, the state Emergency Management Agency said.

Most watches and all warnings had been canceled by mid-evening, but scattered tornado watches remained in effect through Monday night in parts of Florida and southern Georgia.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.