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Deadly storms sweep U.S. south

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Published on April 13, 2020 - Duration: 01:02s

Deadly storms sweep U.S. south

Residents in states from Tennessee to Alabama were under stay-at-home orders when deadly tornadoes ripped through their communities over the weekend.

This report produced by Zachary Goelman.

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Deadly storms sweep U.S. south

Scenes of destruction in parts of Mississippi and Louisiana after more than a dozen tornadoes left at least six people dead Sunday and early Monday morning.

The Mayor of Monroe, Louisiana, assessed the damage.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MAYOR OF MONROE JAMIE MAYO, SAYING: "we've had major tornado damages here in the city of Monroe and we're out of assessing the different areas and our community and there's a major power lines cut down, trees thats down, also just a number of other structural damages here ." At least three people were injured in Walker County, Georgia, where local TV reported a tornado completely destroyed a gas station near old Highway 78.

Paramedics pulled a woman from a damaged car at the scene.

In Tennessee, first responders looked through the wreckage of homes outside Chattanooga.

Tornadoes in Georgia dropped trees on homes in Cartersville, 40 minutes north of Atlanta.

Six fatalities were recorded in Mississippi, the state's emergency management agency said on Twitter.

Residents were under strict "stay-at-home" orders by the governors of Mississippi and Louisiana due to the nationwide coronavirus pandemic.

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