Tornado Watch was issued for parts of Marion, Flagler, Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia counties until 10 p.m. Sunday. Now, the fatal weather is presently headed towards Florida as the authorities say.
The system prompted United States weather forecasters to issue a rare, "high risk" warning of severe storms threatening parts of southern Georgia, north and central Florida and Alabama on Sunday (Monday NZ time), the first such warning since 2014.
Melissa Hagan lives in Paradise Valley and said she hasn't been able to get in to see if her house is even still standing.
Forecasters expect a very active weather pattern throughout the weekend in conjunction with a slow-moving long wave trough of low pressure that will move east across the Gulf South on Sunday.
Before the three latest deaths were confirmed, Georgia officials had reported 12 deaths statewide.
"It is total devastation and destruction", said Ron Rowe, emergency medical services director in the city of Albany in Dougherty County. This comes after several died during a tornado in MS on Saturday.
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The resulting damage in Georgia has led Governor Nathan Deal to declare a state of emergency for seven south-central counties in his state. As indicated by Brooks County Coroner Michael Miller, there are two individuals were killed after their mobile home was hit by a tornado and moved about 100 yards onto a Georgia expressway. "In addition to the state's response, all indications suggest we will also be submitting a request for federal assistance as well".
While the central part of the USA has a fairly defined tornado season - the spring - the risk of tornadoes "never really goes to zero" for most of the year in the southeast, said Patrick Marsh of the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
Volusia County Beach Safety officials warned of rip currents and said two people were rescued Sunday.
A state of emergency will remain in effect for the next week across seven counties in Georgia that border on Florida.
An apparent tornado "leveled" numerous homes before dawn Sunday in a mobile home park in Cook County, killing seven people, said the county's coroner, Tim Purvis.
Since early Saturday morning, a preliminary 30 reports of tornadoes have been tallied up from Louisiana to southern MS, southern Alabama and southern Georgia, according to NOAA's Storm Prediction Center.