5 dead as storms, possible tornadoes hit Southeast

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) - The death toll from a storm system that spawned several possible tornadoes as it slammed the Southeast has risen to at least five.

Officials in central North Carolina say a death in Davidson County was weather-related. But Emergency Services Director Jeff Smith did not have any other details early Thursday.

Suspected tornadoes were reported Wednesday in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina. Dozens of homes and buildings were damaged 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 a likely tornado swept through a rural community near Rock Hill, about 20 miles south of Charlotte, N.C. In north Georgia, a man was killed when a tree fell on his sport utility vehicle.

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