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Two killed in Georgia, Texas as damaging storms strike South

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA (AP) – Violent storms killed at least two people, one in Georgia and another in Texas, on Tuesday as hail, strong winds and tornadoes tore across the South, where authorities warned a second day of dangerous weather of violent weather could follow.

A woman died on Tuesday evening in Pembroke, Georgia, where a suspected tornado ripped part of the roof from the Bryan County courthouse, destroyed the entrance to a local government building across the street and damaged homes in nearby neighbourhoods, said county government spokesman Matthew Kent.

Kent said several others were injured in the county 48 kilometres west of Savannah. He said the death occurred in one of the damaged neighbourhoods, but had no further details.

In eastern Texas, W M Soloman, 71, died when storm winds toppled a tree onto Solomon’s home in Whitehouse, about 160 kilometres southeast of Dallas, Whitehouse Mayor James Wansley said. Officials said trees fell on at least four homes there.

More than 50,000 homes and businesses were without power on Tuesday night from eastern Texas to South Carolina. The outages came on a day when the National Weather Service issued a non-stop stream of tornado warnings for hours as the storm system tore across Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.

Brittaney Deaton comforts her mother Amber Zeleny while speaking with reporters after a severe storm passed in Johnson County near Burleson, Texas. PHOTO: AP