Tornadoes sweep across southeastern U.S., killing at least three - officials

(Reuters) - Tornadoes swept across swaths of the southeastern United States killing at least two people in northern Alabama and one person in Louisiana, tearing roofs off buildings, splintering trees and downing powerlines, officials said.

Most of the tornado and storm damage was reported in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas starting early Monday, sheriff's officials told local media.

Survey teams will be sent out at first light Tuesday to assess the extent of the damage, said Rich Thompson, a lead forecaster at the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center.

"Initial reports suggest first tornado was reported in Louisiana around 10:35 (a.m.) CST and first tornado fatality was somewhere around 11:18 a.m. CST," said NWS meteorologist Jared Guyer.

More rain and wind is expected overnight and into Tuesday as the storms push off into southeastern Georgia, Florida's panhandle and the Carolina coasts in the morning hours.

At least 28,300 people had power outages in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, according to the tracking site Poweroutage.Us.

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Wreckage covers the grounds of a mobile home park a day after it was hit by a tornado, in Convent, Louisiana February 24, 2016 in an aerial photo provided by the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Several tornadoes lashed southern Louisiana and Mississippi on Tuesday, killing at least three people and injuring more than 30 as the storms destroyed dozens of homes and businesses and toppled a water tower, weather and emergency officials said. Hardest hit in Louisiana was the Mississippi River hamlet of Convent, where 90 percent of the estimated 160 mobile homes at the Sugar Hill trailer park were demolished, state police superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson told a news conference. REUTERS/Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness/Handout via Reuters FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.THIS PICTURE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. AN UNPROCESSED VERSION HAS BEEN PROVIDED SEPARATELY
Wreckage covers the grounds of a mobile home park a day after it was hit by a tornado, in Convent, Louisiana February 24, 2016 in an aerial photo provided by the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Several tornadoes lashed southern Louisiana and Mississippi on Tuesday, killing at least three people and injuring more than 30 as the storms destroyed dozens of homes and businesses and toppled a water tower, weather and emergency officials said. Hardest hit in Louisiana was the Mississippi River hamlet of Convent, where 90 percent of the estimated 160 mobile homes at the Sugar Hill trailer park were demolished, state police superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson told a news conference. REUTERS/Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness/Handout via Reuters FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Tropical Depression Isaac is seen as it begins to dissipate over the Midwest U.S. in this September 1, 2012 NASA handout satellite image. The remnants of Hurricane Isaac were grinding slowing northward with its center deep into Missouri and the heavy rain stretching for hundreds of miles east into Illinois amid reports of tornadoes and high winds, meteorologists said. REUTERS/NASA/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 07: A woman looks at the wreckage caused by a tornado which touched down along Chef Menture Avenue on February 7, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to the weather service 25 people were injured in the aftermath of the tornado. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 07: A little girl plays with a broken stick amongst the debris that was left behind by a tornad on on February 7, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to the weather service 25 people were injured in the aftermath of the tornado. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 07: A man stands inside his buisnnes after a tornado ripped off his roof on February 7, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to the weather service, 25 people were injured in the aftermath of the tornado. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 07: Cars are covered with bricks after a tornado touched down along Chef Menture Avenue on February 7, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to the weather service, 25 people were injured in the aftermath of the tornado. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 07: A woman holds three dogs by a make-shift leash amongst the debris left behind by a tornado on February 7, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to the weather service, 25 people were injured in the aftermath of the tornado. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 07: Residents walk down a street along Chef Menture Ave after a tornado touched down in the eastern part of the city on February 7, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to the weather service 25 people were injured in the aftermath of the tornado. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
VILONIA, AR - APRIL 29: A police officer walks past an overturned car at a homesite that was destroyed by a tornado on Sunday, April 29, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas. After deadly tornadoes ripped through the region leaving more than a dozen dead, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee are all under watch as multiple storms over the next few days are expected. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
VILONIA, AR - APRIL 29: Volunteer Gina Lowe (C) helps a family move belongings from a home that was destroyed by a tornado on Sunday, April 29, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas. After deadly tornadoes ripped through the region leaving more than a dozen dead, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee are all under watch as multiple storms are expected over the next few days. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 07: A police officer walks through a damaged gas station along Chef Menture Avenue after a tornado touched down in the eastern part of the city on February 7, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to the weather service, 25 people were injured in the aftermath of the tornado. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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(Reporting by Rama Venkat in Bengaluru; additional reporting and writing by Rich McKay in Atlanta; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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