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.
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.
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.
First published April 7 2014, 6:05 PM
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M. Alex Johnson is a senior writer for NBC News covering general news, with an emphasis on explanatory journalism and data analysis. Johnson joined NBCNews.com in January 2000 from The Washington Post, where he was news editor of washingtonpost.com and night city editor of the print edition. He has also worked at the Knight-Ridder Washington bureau, Congressional Quarterly and The Charlotte Observer, where he was part of a team that won the 1987 Pulitzer Gold Medal for Public Service. He is a member of the National Press Club, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Online News Association.
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