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Terrifying moment a tornado touches down in Florida amid severe weather in the South

The Northeast is bracing for severe weather just a day after a tornado touched down in Florida and the deaths of three people were blamed on strong storms.

Jerry Oliver Williams, 61, died late Sunday night when winds flipped the home Williams shared with his wife and child in a rural Alabama county, authorities said. The area was under a tornado warning at the time.

‘He was in a mobile home, and the mobile home was destroyed by a tornado. He was in the wreckage of the mobile home. His wife and child were with him, and they were OK,’ said Coroner Derek Wright of Alabama’s Henry County.

A suspected twister also resulted in one death in Marion County, Mississippi, said Coroner Jessie Graham. 

The tornado tossed a portable building being hauled by a truck into a nearby pickup truck, where the driver suffered minor injuries, authorities said

The Storm Prediction Center received more than 250 reports of possible tornadoes, high winds, hail and storm damage from east Texas to central Florida on Sunday and Monday. A tornado touched down on Interstate 75 in north Florida (pictured)

The tornado touched down in Homosassa Springs, Florida, where it caused damage to homes and businesses (pictured) on Monday

The tornado touched down in Homosassa Springs, Florida, where it caused damage to homes and businesses (pictured) on Monday 

Tornado damage is seen in a residential neighborhood of Homosassa Springs, Florida, on Monday

Tornado damage is seen in a residential neighborhood of Homosassa Springs, Florida, on Monday 

Jerry Johnson, 70, died when his home took a ‘direct hit’ from the storm in the Sandy Hook community, Graham said.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said it had received reports of large hail and broken power poles in the area, and emergency management officials said 20 homes were damaged.

In south Georgia, Wilcox County Coroner Janice Brown a 95-year-old woman died in a house fire early Monday that the state fire marshal’s office suspected was caused by a lightning strike. 

Heavy storms were in the area at the time, said Brown, who declined to identify the victim since extended family members hadn’t been notified.

The deaths came as firefighters worked through storms to contain a blaze at the main music building at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. 

Authorities haven’t determined the cause of the fire, but it happened while strong storms with lightning were in the area.

Firefighters saved most of the instruments and uniforms belonging to Alabama’s Million Dollar Band, Mayor Walt Maddox said in a tweet.

Rainfall totals in excess of 2 inches were widespread, and isolated spots in central Alabama received more than 8 inches of rain in a day, the weather service said. 

A suspected twister resulted in one death in Marion County, Mississippi, said Coroner Jessie Graham. A Baxterville, Mississippi, home was destroyed by a tornado on Monday

A suspected twister resulted in one death in Marion County, Mississippi, said Coroner Jessie Graham. A Baxterville, Mississippi, home was destroyed by a tornado on Monday

Firefighters worked through storms to contain a blaze at the main music building at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa (pictured). Authorities haven't determined the cause of the fire, but it happened while strong storms with lightning were in the area

Firefighters worked through storms to contain a blaze at the main music building at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa (pictured). Authorities haven’t determined the cause of the fire, but it happened while strong storms with lightning were in the area

More than 10,000 homes and businesses in Alabama were still without power as of Tuesday afternoon. 

The Storm Prediction Center received more than 250 reports of possible tornadoes, high winds, hail and storm damage from east Texas to central Florida on Sunday and Monday. 

A tornado touched down on Interstate 75 in north Florida, tossing a portable building being hauled by a truck into a nearby pickup truck, where the driver suffered minor injuries, authorities said.

Terrifying footage shows the moment the twister hovered over the interstate before touching down. 

Teams from the NWS will assess tracks to determine where tornadoes struck.

Forecasters warned residents in the South to prepare for more severe weather through Thursday. This forecast shows a new storm system that is expected to begin in the Southwest and end in the Southeast on Thursday

Forecasters warned residents in the South to prepare for more severe weather through Thursday. This forecast shows a new storm system that is expected to begin in the Southwest and end in the Southeast on Thursday 

Several states in the South are under severe weather warnings through Thursday night

Several states in the South are under severe weather warnings through Thursday night 

Some states will see between 2-3 inches of rain through Thursday (depicted above)

Some states will see between 2-3 inches of rain through Thursday (depicted above)

The storms hit a week after a two-day outbreak of more than 100 tornadoes that began Easter Sunday and killed at least 36 people across the region.

Forecasters warned residents in the South to prepare for more severe weather through Thursday. 

According to Weather.com, a new storm system will move in Tuesday and threaten to bring large hail, damaging wind gusts, tornadoes and flash flooding across several states. 

The storm will begin in the Southwest before entering the High Plains on Tuesday. 

Forecasters said the system will then head toward the Southeast, which could see some strong tornadoes. 

Meanwhile in the Northeast, the Storm Prediction Center said more than 36 million people in Washington, DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Newark and New York City are under the threat of severe weather beginning Tuesday afternoon and into the evening along the Interstate 95 corridor.  

The major threat for the Northeast will be damaging wind gusts of 50mph, forecasters said. 

Forecasters also said to residents in the Northeast should expect small hail and heavy rain. 

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