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Storms roar through Southeast; at least 1 dead

Image: Rain falls on Turner Field
Atlanta Braves fans stand under cover in the upper deck as rain falls on Turner Field during a rain delay in the top of the 5th inning of their game against the Texas Rangers Saturday.Jason Getz / AP
/ Source: staff and news service reports

Heavy winds and rain slammed the Southeast, leaving at least one person dead, trees uprooted and power lines knocked down, officials said Saturday.

Hardest hit was the Atlanta area, where showers, strong winds, lightning and large hail disrupted weekend activities, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Shusen Yang, 55, of Marietta, Ga., was killed when a tree fell on her 1993 maroon Honda Accord while she was northbound on Powers Ferry Road at St. James Walk in Cobb County,  police spokesman Michael Bowman told NBC News. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Georgia Power reported outages for at least 63,000 customers in metro Atlanta and north Georgia, the Journal-Constitution said.

In addition to Cobb, trees were reported down in Cherokee DeKalb, Fulton, Forsyth and Hall counties, and in Atlanta, the newspaper said.

Four people in Floyd County were injured when a tree limb fell during the Rome River Jam.

Lightning sparked fires in Gwinnett and Athens homes, the newspaper said.

In central Florida, tornadoes were detected near Orlando International Airport and in Bithlo in eastern Orange County, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Scattered power outages remained after conditions calmed, late Saturday night, the newspaper reported.

Volusia County firefighters responded to 25 new fires, many ignited by lightning strikes, the Sentinel said.

NBC station WESH reported that fire danger remained extreme in Volusia County despite the storms. Firefighters were still mopping up and monitoring 58 wildfires that damaged more than 1,000 acres of brush, three homes and at least 45 other structures across the county.

"We're not out of the woods yet," said Volusia County Deputy Fire Chief Jim Mauney. "We received a good amount of rain in some areas, but it wasn't enough. If we don't get a substantial amount of follow-up rain, the benefits won't last long."

In the Carolinas, thousands of homes and businesses were out of power after severe storms rolled over the mountains and down the foothills, knocking down trees and power lines.

About 44,000 Duke Energy customers were still without power in North and South Carolina, the utility said late Saturday.

Cherokee and Spartanburg counties were most affected in South Carolina, The Associated Press said.

Progress Energy spokeswoman Leah Bickley says a large storm cell interrupted service for about 15,000 of the utility's customers in the Asheville area.

A severe thunderstorm that moved through Madison County, Ala., knocked out power for about 1,000 Huntsville customers, utility officials said.