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Scattered flooding as storms drench the Southeast


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Severe thunderstorms punching across the Southeast on Monday forced rescue crews in small boats and military trucks to rescue people trapped in an Alabama mobile home park and in cars flooded by a swollen creek.

The storms began spreading from Mississippi overnight into Alabama and Georgia. The system triggered scattered flash floods in the region, downing trees, causing power outages and snarling rush hour commutes.

South of Birmingham, police and firefighters used trucks and boats to reach at least a dozen people trapped in the mobile home park and in cars when they were surprised by flash flooding. Firefighters in life jackets waded through water rising nearly to their chests as they carried out the rescues. The muddy, fast-moving water was still rising at midmorning. Cars had water about window-high at an apartment complex and other low-lying areas in the suburb of Homewood.

Some roads in Birmingham became impassable, and schools delayed opening in many areas due to the heavy rains.

Alabama Power Co., the state's largest electric utility, reported 11,000 homes and businesses without power, with 6,200 in the Birmingham area. Many schools in central Alabama delayed their openings Monday due to heavy rains.

In Mississippi, TV stations reported that a 9-year-old girl was missing and feared swept away after flash floods in Yazoo City, with a search on for her in the Delta region northwest of Jackson. Search crews backed by volunteers were looking for her in drainage ditches and other areas where water remained, police Maj. Tilmon Clifton told broadcaster WLBT-TV.

Also in Mississippi, the Emergency Management Agency said a possible tornado damaged homes in Covington County, where seven minor injuries were reported. Wind damage also was reported elsewhere.

In metro Atlanta, heavy rains slowed traffic and some traffic lights were knocked out. The rains prompted flood warnings in several counties until Monday afternoon. Rain was expected to continue for much of the day.

Regionwide, the National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings, tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings for several areas overnight and again later Monday.

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bithewayu812 April 08 2014 at 4:21 AM

Actually we had a record low number of Tornadoes in March, only 4 nationally. Because of the cold and extended winter throughout most of the U.S., usual March weather is now appearing in April. Last year it was a warmer winter in the South but a cooler sring, cool-wet summer and average fall.

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bithewayu812 April 08 2014 at 4:18 AM

I blame it on the negative reviews on the movie Noah.

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Dorth April 08 2014 at 1:58 AM

WE GET THE SNOW AND YOU GET THE RAIN. IT IS SUPPOSE TO SNOW HERE IN BUFFALO, NY TONIGHT AND TOMORROW. JUST WHAT I WANT TO DO IS SHOVEL SNOW! I AM VERY SORRY FOR ALL OF YOUR TROUBLES AND WILL PRAY FOR YOU. PRAY WE DON'T GET ANY MORE SNOW!

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owerpuff74 April 07 2014 at 3:05 PM

God bless the little girl and her family.RIP

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Carol April 07 2014 at 7:32 PM

What happened to the folks who monitor these threads?
Thoughts and prayers are with the flood victims.

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donahuepapad123 April 08 2014 at 12:07 AM

mobil homes should have a boat shaped base and seal water tight with balancing ballist to keep it upwright when it floats , and it could have rope tethers to allow it to float higher ??? it could work .

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sfisher951 April 07 2014 at 11:23 PM

If I were as unkind as all the "christians" in many areas of the US, I'd be saying that maybe, just maybe, god doesn't like Alabama. But in reality this kind of thing is tragic no matter whom it affects, and there needs to be a strong federal government to provide disaster assistance even if the population opposes it when it is needed by people they don't like . . .

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James M. Adams sfisher951 April 08 2014 at 4:36 AM

Okay. Thanks for being kind.

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nvisiblegypsys sfisher951 April 08 2014 at 6:02 AM

if you lived here, you'd quickly realize that "God/The Great Spirit/The Staypuft Marshmallow Man" loves us above all others......ever notice that in times of crisis all the locals turn out to HELP each other, instead of looting/robbing/scamming the way it seems to be done everywhere else?

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freeportragdoll April 08 2014 at 1:01 AM

omg so sorry to hear this hope all turns out well.. people need to unite stop bashing others karma baby..god bless you all and may you get what is needed

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Fran April 07 2014 at 8:19 PM

Our hearts and prayers go out for you all.

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Heather April 07 2014 at 7:41 PM

Well, if the floods don't get you the tornadoes will. Sigh.

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