Search teams and families hunted for loved ones Thursday after a strong system of storms and tornadoes killed at least 11 people across three states.
The storms also triggered a mudslide on a mountain in north Georgia’s Fannin County, dumped up to 10 inches of rain across parts of southeast Alabama and caused hundreds of flight delays for travelers trying to get home for Christmas.
Long lines filled concourses at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. FlightAware, a website that tracks airline flights, showed 550 flights had been canceled nationwide with 4,276 delays by midday. Atlanta had the largest percentage of delays, according to the site, but many flights also were late in New York and Washington, D.C.
At least three people were listed as missing in Mississippi. Authorities said two people were unaccounted for in Benton County, and another team was searching for a missing person southeast of Benton. Seven people, including a 7-year-old boy, were killed in Mississippi Wednesday, where multiple tornadoes were reported.
An 18-year-old Arkansas woman was also killed when a tree blew over onto a house and crashed into her bedroom.