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Tuesday September 17th, 2019 2:41AM

The Latest: Some Kentucky counties declare emergencies

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on severe weekend weather in the South (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

Officials in some eastern Kentucky counties are declaring emergencies due to heavy flooding and mudslides.

Magoffin County issued a declaration late Saturday asking residents to stay off the roads unless in an emergency and to seek higher ground if necessary.

Magoffin County Judge Executive Matt Wireman told WYMT-TV that residents of Salyersville Nursing and Rehab were evacuated to a school building due to high water.

The station reports Martin, Jackson and Johnson counties have also declared states of emergency due to flooding.

Kentucky transportation officials are preparing to close a portion of U.S. 23 in Floyd County due to an impending mudslide. The agency says they are letting northbound vehicle pass one at a time, but they are in the process of turning one of the southbound lanes into a northbound lane.

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10:15 a.m.

The mayor of a Mississippi city says 12 people injured when a tornado swept through. Mayor Robert Smith Sr. says he was told that the injuries don't appear major.

The injuries were in addition to one fatality reported earlier.

Smith says a woman and her husband were renovating a house, and when the husband went to get them something to eat, the building collapsed and killed her. She was identified as 41-year-old Ashley Glynell Pounds of Tupelo.

City spokesman Joe Dillon says the tornado also seriously damaged a school and two community center buildings. Smith says warehouses and other commercial buildings were damaged.

The mayor says power outages are down from 6,000 immediately after the tornado to 1,500 to 2,000. But he says it will probably take until Thursday to get power back to everyone.

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9:40 a.m.

Authorities in Tennessee say a man has died after his vehicle became submerged in high water fed by heavy rains in a weekend storm.

The Knox County Sheriff's office says emergency crews were dispatched early Sunday to the flooded roadway and several agencies worked together to get the man out of his vehicle and take him to a hospital, but he was later pronounced dead. His identity wasn't released.

Jeffrey Bagwell of Rural Metro told the Knoxville News Sentinel that witnesses said they tried yelling at the man as he drove into the water, which covered most of his car.

Meanwhile, the Tennessee Department of Transportation says a portion of Interstate 24 in Davidson County is closed due to a mud slide. Video from news outlets shows dirt and mud covering all eastbound lanes near Exit 42.

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7:30 a.m.

Officials in eastern Mississippi say at least one person has died after a weekend tornado struck the community.

The mayor's office in Columbus, Mississippi, confirmed the death Sunday in a statement on Facebook, citing information from Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant.

The statement said 41-year-old Ashley Glynell Pounds of Tupelo was with three other people in a building that collapsed in the storm Saturday evening. It said Pounds was taken to a hospital and died in surgery. The statement gave no information on the condition of the others in the building.

The tornado smashed into a commercial district in the small Mississippi city, shattering businesses as severe storms raked the South on a weekend of drenching rains and a rising flood threat.

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12:01 a.m.

A tornado smashed into a commercial district in the small Mississippi city of Columbus, shattering businesses as severe storms raked the South on a weekend of drenching rains and a rising flood threat.

The tornado that shattered businesses the east Mississippi city was confirmed on radar, said meteorologist Anna Wolverton with the National Weather Service in Jackson. She told The Associated Press that experts would be headed Sunday to the city of about 23,000 people to gauge the tornado's intensity.

There were no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries.

Elsewhere around the South, homes, highways, and bridges have been flooded or put out of commission by the heavy rains. News outlets report that water rescues have been performed in some Middle Tennessee counties. Flash flood warnings and watches remained in place throughout the South.

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