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(CONVENT, La.) — At least three people were killed when a series of severe storms and tornadoes ripped through the South on Tuesday, injuring more than 30 people and leaving behind a trail of destruction.

Lamar County, Mississippi, Coroner Cody Creel confirmed one fatality there Tuesday afternoon. The victim’s identity has been withheld pending notification of next of kin.

In Convent, Louisiana, St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin said a trailer park was demolished after a reported tornado struck the area. More than 300 people live in the trailer park, though it’s not clear how many were home at the time.

Martin confirmed that two people died as a result of the storms, while seven others were critically injured and more than 30 were wounded.

And in Pensacola, Florida, there were 3 buildings reported with heavy damage and reports of six injuries, according to the Escambia County website.

More than six 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. 

Possible waterspout from storm over the lake seen on causeway camera moments ago #LAwx #NOLAwx pic.twitter.com/T6SduNCdt7

— 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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