Severe Storms Rip Across Southeast, Head North

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A severe weather system ripped across the southeastern part of the U.S. on Wednesday, tearing roofs off of buildings and flipping cars.

At least two tornadoes touched down in southern Alabama. Near Mobile, high winds blew out restaurant windows and ripped off the roof of a gas station. Power lines were knocked down and the storm also caused ammonia and natural gas leaks.

"All kinds of debris started crashing into my car, tin and stuff. It was ungodly. Ungodly. Hail. It was big old hail. It was the scariest thing I've ever seen in my life come through here a while ago," said John Young, an Alabama driver.

Evelyn Thibeault said she saw a twister go by her shipping business, Theodore Mail, Ship & More.

"My front door flew open, and a plant flew across the floor," she said. "Everything just turned white."

Alabama authorities said only minor injuries were reported despite the destruction there.

In Mississippi, a woman died in a house fire authorities believe was caused by lighting.

In Florida, the storms sucked nearly all of the furniture out of one home, and a possible tornado destroyed at least eight more.

The governors of Alabama and Louisiana have declared states of emergency due to the severe weather and the resulting flooding.

Flood watches were in effect Thursday from North Carolina to New York as forecasters expect more rainfall into the weekend.

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