Severe weather sweeps through southern states

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Flooding in Mississippi. (WLBT-TV)

HOUSTON - Severe weather is sweeping through the southern states and will make a turn up to the Mid-Atlantic on Monday.

Tornado warnings were issued before the sun even came up in Alabama. The Storm Prediction Center has already issued a Tornado Watch for parts of Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. In all, 67 counties are under the watch until 3 p.m.

The same system is also triggering flood and flash flood warnings as it is lifting up and transporting an abundance of Gulf moisture into the South.

North and Central Georgia, including Atlanta, will likely pick up an additional 1-2 inches of rain by the afternoon. Minor rivers and stream flooding is a concern for North Georgia where a flood watch is in effect.

The storm system will continue its trek through Georgia and South Carolina by the afternoon possibly triggering severe weather into the evening.

The thunderstorms will push to the lower Mid-Atlantic states, but as of now it appears they will not be severe.

The same system has already inundated Mississippi and Alabama with flood waters.

NBC News reports a 9-year-old Mississippi girl is believed to have been swept away in a flash flood.

In Alabama, WVTM-TV reported several people had to be rescued from their apartments by raft in a Birmingham suburb. No one was injured.

Also overnight, a National Weather Service employee reported up to a foot of water over a roadway in Alabaster, Alabama.

Other impacts from the storms for the Southeast include damaging winds. Emergency mangers for Tuscaloosa County reported several trees down on roads and one falling on a mobile home in Buhl. Some power lines were also taken down.

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