Severe storms move east, leaving 3 dead and more than 100,000 without power

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Three people were killed in Mississippi and Alabama by a severe storm that roared through the Deep South and is expected to intensify from Florida to the Mid-Atlantic states as it hits the East Coast.

“The most likely area for tornadoes may be close to the Carolina coast, where a breeze from the Atlantic Ocean may impart extra spin in the low levels of the atmosphere,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski.

The storm began pummeling Georgia by Friday morning rush hour, snarling traffic and causing 63 flight delays at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, according to Flightaware.com. One power pole came down on West Peachtree in Midtown Atlanta, causing a massive backup of traffic.

The three-day storm has left more than 120,000 households without power across four states, including 20,000 knocked out Friday morning in Georgia.

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