Severe Weather Continues to Plague East, South

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The same weather system that caused tornadoes in the Midwest on Wednesday brought severe storms to the East Coast and southern parts of the U.S. Thursday.

Severe thunderstorms were reported from the Gulf Coast all the way up to New England.

Heavy rains fell in central Vermont, causing rivers to overflow their banks resulting in flooding to low-lying areas.

Strong storms struck parts of Pennsylvania and New York, bringing rain, 2-inch size hail, high winds and leaving thousands of homes without power.

At least three people were killed in the Atlanta area as powerful storms toppled trees and power lines and knocked out power to more than 200,000 customers statewide.

Authorities say the stormy weather also led to delays of more than two hours for flights leaving Atlanta.

Meanwhile, the death toll from Sunday's massive F5 tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., has risen to 126. More than 230 people are still listed as missing.

Many of the missing are thought to be alive and safe, but haven't been able to contact friends and family due to poor cell phone service.

Rescue workers are still searching for survivors. However, as days continue to pass, hope is dwindling that more people will be found alive.

Some of the victims' families waited Thursday for their remains to be released. One victim's funeral was scheduled for Friday morning in Galena, Kan., and other services were scheduled for the weekend.

Identification of the deceased has been slow because officials have taken extra precautions since a woman misidentified one victim as her son in the chaotic hours after the tornado hit, Newton County coroner Mark Bridges said.

"That's the reason why we didn't release anybody else until we at least had dental records," Bridges said.

He said he's been explaining the reason for the delays to grieving families "all day long."

"It breaks my heart," he said.

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