New tornadoes lash US South, 19 killed in two days

New tornadoes lash US South, 19 killed in two days
A man casts aside bricks while searching in the rubble of a destroyed house after a tornado hit the town of Vilonia, Arkansas April 28, 2014.

WASHINGTON - Fresh storms tore across the US Southeast Monday, killing at least two people in Alabama and threatening millions of people a day after tornadoes killed 17 and ripped up homes in nearby states.

Several tornadoes cut across northern Alabama on Monday, NBC News reported. At least two people were killed in the town of Athens, the network said.

A tornado also swept through the northern Mississippi city of Tupelo around 2:30 pm (1930 GMT), the National Weather Service said, adding that a crew was en route to survey damage.

Parts of Alabama were also at high risk of severe storms, with a moderate risk affecting portions of Louisiana, Tennessee and Mississippi as the system travelled east, with numerous tornadoes expected.

The National Weather Service said more than 49 million people living in the watch areas were threatened by the storms, upwards of 1.4 million of them in high-risk areas.

In the hardest-hit parts of Arkansas, emergency crews intensified their search for survivors of Sunday's twisters, as residents of the close-knit community of Vilonia surveyed the damage.

Dozens of Arkansas National Guard troops were assisting local authorities with medical evacuations, fresh water deliveries and search and rescue operations.

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