ATLANTA (AP) – At least five people have died due to a southern storm system, including an 8-year-old girl in Florida.
The sheriff’s office in Woodville, south of Tallahassee, Florida, says a tree fell into a house killing the girl and injuring a 12-year-old boy Friday.
The office said in a statement that the girl died at the hospital while the boy has non-life-threatening injuries. Their names weren’t immediately released.
In Alabama, 42-year-old Monica Clements, of Pell City, died after a tree fell on her mobile home Thursday around 8 p.m. Authorities said her 10-year-old son suffered minor injuries.
St. Clair County Sheriff Billy Murray said in a news release that his office is “deeply saddened by this tragic accident and our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”
In Mississippi, officials say the storm death toll stands at three after a man was fatally injured while helping cut a tree that fell on a home.
The Daily Leader reports that according to the Lincoln County Coroner, 63-year-old Freddie Mobley died from injuries after a tree trunk rolled onto him Thursday in Brookhaven, located in the southwestern part of Mississippi.
The coroner says the resident made a few cuts on the tree and backed away when the trunk shifted before he could move. Mobley was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead about two hours after the incident.
Two other people were killed while driving as severe weather moved through the South. Those are being counted as storm-related deaths in Mississippi.