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Severe weather pummeling the South blamed for at least 5 deaths in Alabama, Florida

Four people were killed Monday evening when a tree fell on their mobile home in Rehobeth, Alabama, and a man was found drowned near his car in Mossy Head, Florida, as severe weather rolled through the South. A line of severe thunderstorms also caused at least two suspected tornadoes in Mississippi, and meteorologists are warning about continued threat of strong winds, hail, and flash flooding in southern Alabama, southwest Georgia, and the Florida Panhandle early Tuesday.

Wind damage was also reported between eastern Texas and Mississippi, including a hard-hit Walmart in Marksville, Louisiana, where customers were rained down upon by shattered skylights. A fireworks stand in the parking lot was also blown 30-40 yards away and mangled, Marksville Fire Chief Jerry Bordelon told The Associated Press, but when the fire department told shoppers to leave, some resisted. "Believe it or not, we had some people in there who were still trying to shop," he said. You can see some footage from the accident in Alabama below. Peter Weber