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Severe storms lash South, unleashing hail, strong winds and a deadly tornado

Strong storms lashed the South early Saturday, spawning at least one tornado and unleashing powerful winds and hail. And forecasters warned more severe weather was expected to hit parts of the region in the coming hours.Details: Thousands of customers lost power in Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana, according to tracking site An F3 tornado that hit St Landry Parish, Louisiana, killed one person and wounded seven others. Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeWow! Look at the size of this #hail! This is from #OrangeBeach #Alabama. Some of the hail sizes reported are up to 4″ which is only the second time documented in the area since 1950. h/t @NWSMobile #NBC— Danielle Dozier WPXI (@DanielleDozier) April 10, 2021 The National Weather Service said 15 homes were damaged or destroyed, along with several other buildings, as the tornado downed power lines and trees.In Mississippi, a suspected tornado tore down power lines and trees in Rankin County, per AP.In Orange Beach, Alabama, hail the size of baseballs damaged vehicles, reports.In Panama City Beach, Florida, authorities said “high winds took the roof off” a convenience store and damaged a house.A water spout was spotted over the Gulf in the morning, the City of Panama City Beach said. A Twitter user shared footage of the suspected tornado:Watched our first #tornado 🌪 in the Gulf of Mexico that just crossed the Florida Panhandle – Panama City Beach!! @weatherchannel @Dr_SSuri 1/2— Ankur Singh (@Dr_ASingh) April 10, 2021 What to expect: Severe thunderstorms were possible Saturday evening from western North Carolina into southeast West Virginia, the NWS said.”Strong storms may also develop later tonight across portions of northern Florida,” the agency added. More from Axios: Sign up to get the latest market trends with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free