Eleven killed in powerful USA storms; Georgia declares state of emergency

US President Donald Trump has pledged to help after tornadoes in the country's southeast killed 15

According to Howden, a whopping 20 reports of tornadoes have been filed in Georgia alone.

Seven of the deaths were confirmed in Cook County, when an apparent tornado hit a mobile home park near Adel.

A 2-year-old child is believed to be among the missing after a series of deadly tornadoes wreaked havoc in parts of the South this weekend, according to authorities.

The deadly storms in Georgia, which also killed four people in Brooks and Berrien counties, followed a pre-dawn tornado in MS on Saturday (Sunday NZ time) that killed four people.

Numerous tornado deaths Saturday and Sunday occurred in a situation meteorologists fear most - tornadoes that develop overnight or early in the morning when most are asleep.

The tornadoes that occurred over the weekend were right in the southern US corridor where they are most likely during January when atmospheric conditions come together.

The Georgia tragedies pushed the two-day death toll from a wall of storms and tornadoes to 18. Four people died after a tornado with winds above 136 miles per hour tore a 25-mile path across southern MS before dawn Saturday.

Much of the southeast remained at risk for extreme weather over the weekend with the forecast finally clearing up at the start of the work week.

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The thunderstorms should organize into a squall line later on Sunday. If everyone does go to sleep, make sure you leave your smart phone on (with the volume turned up) or purchase a NOAA weather radio so you can be awoken when a warning is issued for your area.

While calling for a state of emergency Sunday, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal warned of continued severe weather.

Loose outdoor items should be brought inside or secured to prevent them from becoming risky projectiles should a severe storm hit. As a result of the storm, almost 500 homes were damaged and 7,600 residents were left without power once the storms passed.

Sudden, windswept rain can blind motorists and cause water to collect on roads. These storms should be leaving our area around 7am.

Flight delays are likely as the line of storms sweeps from Atlanta to Tampa and Orlando, Florida, as Sunday progresses.

He said the storm struck in the middle of the night, at about 4 a.m. Sunday, and both people inside the home were pronounced dead at the scene.

The severe weather was said to last through Sunday night. "We think there might be even stronger winds and damage that was worse down in Tallahassee's area", Nadler told Willis.

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