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Severe storms pummel South killing at least 2 in Florida

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Severe Weather Mississippi
Lydia Macklin
Severe Weather Mississippi
Severe Weather Mississippi
Posted at 10:00 AM, Mar 31, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-31 10:01:06-04

CHIPLEY, Fla. (AP) — Severe storms packing isolated tornadoes and high winds are racing across the Deep South, killing two in the Florida Panhandle and leaving scattered damage to buildings and homes in their path.

In Florida, the Washington County Sheriff's Office says two were killed and two injured when a tornado touched down there.

Severe Weather Mississippi
A tree toppled by the storm rests on the roof of a gazebo at Battlefield Park in Jackson, Miss., following a severe weather outbreak in the state, Wednesday, March 30, 2022. About a dozen trees were felled by the storm in the park. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The storm front spans several states and has been blamed for spinning off at least two confirmed tornadoes earlier Wednesday that left injuries elsewhere.

High winds overturned semitrailers in Louisiana, toppled large trees in Mississippi and damaged a hotel in downtown Nashville.

Severe Weather Mississippi
City and state workers race to clear the debris from this downed tree that was felled by strong winds on the grounds of the Mississippi Governor's Mansion onto a main intersection of downtown Jackson, during an outbreak of severe weather in the state, Wednesday, March 30, 2022. A section of the security fence and the decorative brick wall was damaged by the tree. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Senate lawmakers in Mississippi briefly suspended work when weather sirens blared during a tornado warning Wednesday.