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6 dead as storms, possible tornadoes hit Southeast

ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV/AP) - At least six people have been killed by a storm system that spawned several possible tornadoes as it moved across the Southeast.

Officials said Thursday that an adult and a child were killed in central North Carolina during Wednesday's storms.

Suspected tornadoes were reported Wednesday in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina. Dozens of homes and buildings were damaged and thousands of people were without power as trees and power lines were downed.

In South Carolina, three people were killed and five injured when a likely tornado swept through a rural community near Rock Hill, about 20 miles south of Charlotte, N.C. In north Georgia, a man was killed when a tree fell on his sport utility vehicle.

A tornado is believed to have touched down in Chester County on Darby Road near Lake Oliphant, where a tree crashed into a house, a mobile home was overturned and a car was overturned, said Emergency Management supervisor Eddie Murphy.

The possible tornado that moved southwest of Rock Hill caused severe damage to one area on Williamson Road near Highway 324, destroying 7 homes. The York County coroner reported that three people were killed in that area.

In that area, a mobile home was picked up by winds and thrown 100 yards over another home. A car was also overturned and flipped onto its roof and another car was tossed on its side where trees then fell on it.

There was a report that an elderly woman nearby was also trapped in a home where a tree had fallen.

Also near Rock Hill, trees are reported down on Neal Shoals Road, Old Ferry Road, Lockhart Road and Highway 49, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Damage from an earlier storm in Cleveland County caused several trees to fall in Shelby and there was damage reported to a mobile home on Airport Road in Shelby.

In southern Davidson County North Carolina, one adult and one child were killed when multiple homes were destroyed or damaged when a reported tornado touched down just across the Yadkin River.

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