Severe Storms Hammer Southern US

Emergency officials say six people have been confirmed dead in Mississippi while searches continue for people missing in communities with severe storm damage.

The overall storm death toll is now at least 10 people who were killed in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Greg Flynn said Thursday that four people have been confirmed dead in Benton County and two were killed in Marshall County.

Flynn says search crews are looking for others who are missing.

Torrential storms dumped 10 inches of rain or more across parts of southeast Alabama, causing widespread flooding Thursday.

Muddy water covered dozens of roads, forcing holiday travelers to take long detours. In Chambers County, emergency officials said two roads had collapsed because of rain, causing natural gas leaks from ruptured lines.

Photos posted to social media showed cars covered by water in multiple counties and a washed-out road that resembled a waterfall in Macon County. Pike County authorities asked drivers to stay off roads until noon Friday.

The National Weather Service said a widespread swath of Coffee County received as much as 10 inches of rain in a 24-hour period ending 7 a.m. Thursday, and a foot of rain was recorded north of Enterprise. Rainfall totals of as much as 4 inches were common.