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Deadly storms continue to sweep South

Jackson, Miss. (AP) - At least 11 deaths have been reported from severe storms blowing through the South, with the two-day total at 28, but the number could rise.

In Mississippi, officials said at least seven people have been killed. State Director of Health Protection Jim Craig said Monday night that officials were working with coroners to confirm the total. Winston County Coroner Scott Gregory said six fatalities were reported in that county alone.

In northern Alabama, Limestone County Emergency Director Rita White said the coroner's office had confirmed two deaths in a twister that caused extensive damage west of the city of Athens.

White said still more victims might be trapped in the wreckage of damaged buildings, but rescuers can't reach some areas yet. Separately, Limestone Commissioner Bill Latimer said he had reports from a worker of at least four deaths in the county.

An emergency management official said two additional deaths have been reported in southern Tennessee. Lincoln County Emergency Management Director Mike Hall said winds destroyed several other homes as well as a middle school in the county that borders Alabama.

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