(HATTIESBURG, Miss.) — At least one person died as severe weather moved through the South Tuesday.
Lamar County, Mississippi, Coroner Cody Creel confirmed the fatality Tuesday afternoon. The victim’s identity has been withheld pending notification of next of kin.
In Convent, Louisiana, St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin confirmed that two people died as a result of the storms. Seven others are critically injured.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant issued a state of emergency in preparation for the weather.
More than 6 million people in five different states are in the path of the storms, which have spawned tornadoes in Louisiana and golf ball-sized hail in Texas.
— NWS New Orleans (@NWSNewOrleans) February 23, 2016
Earlier Tuesday, the National Weather Service said a tornado was reported near Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in Kenner, Louisiana.
A tornado watch is in effect for parts of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi until 10 p.m. CST, according to the NWS.
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