Authorities say severe thunderstorms punching across the Southeast have forced the evacuation of an Alabama mobile home park as heavy rains cause scattered flooding and power outages and snarl rush hour commutes.
The vast storm system swept across Mississippi and central Alabama early Monday and then rolled into Georgia. In Alabama's Shelby County, sheriff's deputies say they helped evacuated residents of the mobile home park because of rising waters. Some roads in Birmingham became impassable due to heavy rainfall, and WBMA-TV reports that firefighters helped a motorist stranded in rising water.
In Mississippi, emergency officials say a 9-year-old girl is missing in the Yazoo City area after apparently being swept away by floodwaters.
The National Weather Service has issued flash flood and severe thunderstorm warnings around the region.