The nation in brief Storms let up in South; cleanup begins
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A deluge that dumped more than 7 inches of rain in a few hours and spawned at least three tornadoes eased Wednesday but left homeowners and workers to clean up a wide area across the Southeast.
Storms have been responsible for at least three deaths and dozens of injuries this week.
With heavy rains still falling in the Florida panhandle, crews inland used shovels and heavy machines to remove downed trees, limbs and other debris that covered roads and bridges once floodwaters receded in metro Birmingham. Some schools in Alabama’s largest city opened late or held classes online because of high water.
Nearly all of Alabama received at least a half inch of rain on Tuesday, and areas south of Birmingham got more than
7 inches, forecasters said. Rainfall totals of more than 1 inch were common across Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.
Homes were damaged from Texas to Virginia, and about
100,000 homes and businesses remained without power at midday Wednesday.