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Severe weather hits south-eastern US

Severe storms and suspected tornadoes have swept across several south-eastern states of the US, resulting in the death of at least four people.

Powerlines were down, homes damaged and trees uprooted in areas of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and South Carolina.

Three died and five were injured in South Carolina when an apparent tornado swept through Rock Hill, AP reports.

One man died when a large pine tree hit the car he was travelling in Atlanta.

At least 15 people were injured as storms passed through Jones County in Mississippi, Reuters reports.

"It's been a busy morning. It looks like five homes have been destroyed," Don McKinnon, Jones County's emergency management director, told the news agency.

In Atlanta, Tim House, spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, said that a total of three dozen homes and several businesses had been damaged by strong winds from the suspected tornadoes.

Meanwhile, in Kentwood, near New Orleans, Louisiana, weather officials received reports that a two-story house had been was lifted from its foundation and moved about 3m (10ft).

In the state capital of Alabama, Montgomery and the nearby town of Auburn nearly 23,000 were left without power while the south-west of the state was hit with rain showers and thunderstorms.

In April, at least 360 people were killed when a series of tornadoes battered the south-eastern states.

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