JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Severe storms have killed at least four people in Mississippi and damaged homes and businesses throughout the state leading to the governor declaring a state of emergency for two counties.
Gov. Phil Bryant's office says thousands were without power Tuesday night around Columbia, which is about 80 miles southeast of Jackson.
Jones County Emergency Management director Marda Tullos says a man and woman were killed Tuesday inside a mobile home in the storm's path.
About 50 miles southwest, Marion County coroner Norma Williamson tells WDAM that two people were killed in Columbia.
Watches and warnings were out for a swath of Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama with the storms moving toward Georgia, including Atlanta, and Florida late Tuesday into Christmas Eve.