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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Storms sweep across South Carolina and other States, killing at least 4 - 17th Nov 2011

Search teams combed through rural South Carolina on Thursday morning after a storm swept through the Southeast, killing four people and causing injuries in several states.

At least three people died and five others were taken to hospitals after a storm hit York County in South Carolina on Wednesday evening, according to the sheriff's office.

"This is considered a search-and-rescue operation at this time," said Lt. Mike Baker of the county sheriff's office.

The county coroner's office said authorities are unsure whether the number of deaths will go up.

A fourth person died in Forsyth County, Georgia, when a tree fell on a car, the fire department said.

Downed trees, damaged homes and buildings, and power outages were reported across Alabama and Georgia, including in metro Atlanta.

In North Carolina, an apparent tornado south of Winston-Salem damaged "multiple structures," but there were no reports of injuries, according the state emergency management.

Four people were injured in Mississippi, but their injuries were not critical, according to the National Weather Service. Homes were also reported damaged near Jones, Mississippi, the National Weather Service said.

A possible tornado demolished homes and vehicles near Opelika, Alabama, the weather service said. It was not immediately known whether anyone was injured.

Eastern Alabama's Lee County received "significant reports of damage," said Rita Smith, a public information officer with the county Emergency Management. "We've got reports of damage at an apartment complex, structures at a lake, mobile homes and trees down," she said. Read More