Storm-battered South gets hit again with another round of deadly severe weather

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For the second time this April, severe weather struck the storm-battered South with a damaging trio of tornadoes, hail and thunderstorms. For many communities, cleanup from the Easter weekend tornado outbreak hadn't even concluded yet.

As of Monday morning, over 20,000 residents between Alabama and Mississippi are still without power, according to PowerOutage.us.

According to WTVY.com, a 61-year old man in Henry County, Alabama was killed by the the severe weather when his trailer flipped over. Emergency management also reported one person with minor injuries after winds caused widespread damage in Dadeville, Alabama, early Sunday morning.

'Significant and widespread' wind damage was reported in Coosa and Tallapoosa Counties in Alabama on Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Birmingham.

In Mississippi, the state emergency management agency confirmed one death in Marion County, near the border of Louisiana, related to the storms. On Twitter, Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker urged residents to stay off the road on Sunday night in response to the flooding.

"We're already flooded out, and we have hours of rain ahead," Barker said. "Remember the rule: don't do dumb things."

A trained spotter reported hail 1.5 inches in diameter in Harris County, Texas. Large hail was also reported near Waco, while golf ball-sized hail was seen near Woodway.

Waves of rain and thunderstorms are expected to produce heavy downpours, as well as damaging wind gusts up to 80 mph and hail, into Sunday night across the region. Several tornadoes are also possible.

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The severe weather continued on Monday as tornadoes touched down in central Florida.

One of the twisters crossed Interstate 75 near Wildwood, Florida, causing traffic on the highway to grind to a halt. Another tornado tracked dangerously close to NASA's Kennedy Space Center along Florida's eastern coast, but no damage has been reported.

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To see a full list of storm reports from April 19-20, click here.