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UPDATE: At least 11 dead in latest storm to hit south

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 FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An emergency management official says two additional deaths have been reported in southern Tennessee from a storm system that's spawned deadly tornadoes as it moves across the South.
 Lincoln County Emergency Management Director Mike Hall tells The Associated Press that two people were killed in a home when a suspected tornado hit Monday night.
Hall says the winds destroyed several other homes as well as a middle school in the county that borders Alabama.
At least 11 people in the South have been killed, bringing the overall death toll from two days of severe weather to at least 28.
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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- At least nine deaths are being reported from severe storms blowing through the South, but the toll could rise.
   In Mississippi, officials say up to seven people have been killed. State Director of Health Protection Jim Craig said Monday night that officials are working with coroners to confirm the total.
   In north Alabama, Limestone County Emergency Director Rita White said the coroner's office had confirmed two deaths in a twister that caused extensive damage west of the city of Athens.
   White says still more victims might be trapped in the wreckage of damaged buildings, but rescuers can't reach some areas because of downed power lines. Separately, Limestone Commissioner Bill Latimer says he has reports from a worker of at least four deaths in the county.

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TUPELO, Miss. (AP) -- A northern Mississippi mayor says several injuries are being reported in the city of Tupelo after a large tornado damaged homes and down trees and power lines.
   Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton says none of the injuries are apparently life-threatening. Shelton says dozens of homes and businesses have been damaged. He called the damage extensive.
   Bruce Ridgeway, vice president at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, says the hospital received six people with non-life-threatening injuries.
   The National Weather Service reported another large tornado hit elsewhere in north-central Mississippi's Winston County. There were no immediate reports of injuries there.
   Gov. Phil Bryant had declared a state of emergency Monday in advance of expected storms that forecasters have warned could trigger tornadoes, heavy downpours, damaging hail and flash floods.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Authorities say a large tornado has damaged homes and down trees and power lines around the northern Mississippi city of Tupelo.
   Don Lewis, chief operations officer for the city, says there were no immediate reports of injuries. He says damages have been reported in several neighborhoods north of the city and emergency crews have spread out to aid residents with recovery.
   Areas of western Tupelo also reported some homes damaged and downed trees when the tornado moved past. Forecasters say the tornado sprang for a severe storm front sweeping across the northern part of the state.
   Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency Monday in advance of expected storms that forecasters have warned could trigger tornadoes, heavy downpours, damaging hail and flash floods.


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