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Storm system in Deep South leaves damage and death in its wake

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At least two deaths along the Gulf Coast were blamed on storms that hit Wednesday night and Thursday. At least 12 tornadoes were confirmed in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, with the damage surveys expected to continue Friday.

The Storm Prediction Center reported downed trees and utility lines from eastern Texas to northwest Alabama. The Southeastern storms left nearly 110,000 homes and businesses without electricity at the height, and both weather-related deaths occurred in wrecks.

In Mississippi, the Department of Public Safety said Alcorn State University student Jayla A. Gray, 19, of Jackson died early Thursday when the car in which she was a passenger struck a tree that had fallen across a highway near the town of Port Gibson, which is about 60 miles (97 kilometers) southwest of the capital of Jackson.

In Louisiana, a pair of twisters with top winds of 115 mph (185 kph) hit Washington Parish, north of New Orleans. Near Bogalusa, a mobile home rolled over, injuring two occupants. Two weaker tornadoes were also confirmed in and around Lake Charles, including one that damaged a vacant shopping center near McNeese State University.

In northwest Alabama, surveyors said a weak tornado with top winds of 65 mph (105 kph) caused tree damage near the Franklin County crossroads of Pogo.

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Max Hearn surveys the downed trees in his neighborhood, Nov. 1, 2018, in Natchez, Miss., after a tornado passed through. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)


Workers remove parts of a fallen oak tree with household items as they try to clear what remains of the home of Jennifer Lyles in Natchez, Miss., after a tornado hit early Thursday morning, Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)


Ripped branches cover the room of Max Hearn’s Natchez, Miss., house, Nov. 1, 2018, after a tornado passed through. Hearn, a first time homeowner, had a tree fall on his house. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)


This fallen oak tree heavily damaged the home of Jennifer Lyles in Natchez, Miss., after a tornado hit early Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)


The sound of chainsaws grind through a neighborhood in Natchez, Miss., as cleanup begins following a tornado that hit on Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)


Residents pass by a recently fallen tree on the side of Bedford-Tillman Road near Roxie, Miss., following a strong storm that hit early Thursday morning, Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)


“This is how I eat an elephant, one branch at a time,” says Andrea Seyfarth, as she pulls at a branch from a 100-year old oak tree that fell into the edge of a house she rents out in Natchez, Miss., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)


A tree, that is believed to have fallen late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning after strong storms moved through the area, is seen lying across the roadway hanging on utility wires in Vicksburg, Miss., on Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Courtland Wells/The Vicksburg Post via AP)


Pastor Bo Swilley of the Church of God of Anderson, Indiana, marvels at how little damage his church sustained from the strong storm and possible tornado that hit Natchez on Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)


A blown roof over this farm shop in Roxie, Miss., was proof that either a strong storm or tornado hit the community, early Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)


Strong storms and several possible tornadoes hit throughout Mississippi, early Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018., such as this one in Roxie, Miss., that toppled one of several trees in the Franklin County (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)


Chuck Smith, left and Phillip Johnson cut into a large section of a pecan tree branch that fell on the roof of this Natchez, Miss., home early Thursday morning, Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)


A branch from an oak tree pokes through the ceiling of Max Hearn, Nov. 1, 2018, in Natchez, Miss., after a tornado passed through. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)


Cut oak tree branches rest amid the remains of Jennifer Lyles’ home in Natchez, Miss., after a tornado hit, Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)


Cedric Watson, left, and Jadarrius Hunt strip branches from an oak tree that fell along side Watson’s aunt’s Natchez, Miss., house following a strong storm or possible tornado that hit the city on Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)


Workers remove parts of a fallen oak tree with household items as they try to clear what remains of the home of Jennifer Lyles in Natchez, Miss., after a tornado hit on Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)


A branch from an oak tree pokes through the ceiling of Max Hearn, Nov. 1, 2018, in Natchez, Miss., after a tornado passed through. Hearn, a first time home owner, had a tree cut through his house. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)


Jennifer Lyles takes a photograph of her SUV, one of three cars heavily damaged by a tornado that hit Natchez, Miss., and dropped a massive oak tree on her house, garage and driveway, Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)