Death toll from US storms surges to 18, tornado warnings still in place (PHOTOS)

RT – January 22,2017

At least 18 people have been killed and scores more injured after severe storms lashed the southern US states.

Fourteen people were killed in Georgia, and four people died in Mississippi as a result of the adverse weather.

The deaths occurred as a direct result of severe weather according to State Emergency Management officials.

Georgia’s Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency Sunday morning for seven counties in the state.

These storms have devastated communities and homes in SouthCentral Georgia, and the state is making all resources available to the impacted areas,” Deal said in a statement.

Southeastern parts of Georgia remain on high alert as severe weather warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service for the region along with neighbouring northern Florida.

Catherine Howden of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency confirmed Sunday morning that the casualties took place in Cook, Brooks and Berrien counties, near the Georgia-Florida border.