• Deadly storms add to drought, flood and fires plaguing South

    Bob Wright looks for personal belongings after a suspected tornado ripped through the town of Rosalie, killing three of his brother's family members, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Rosalie, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Five people were killed in two states after at least 13 twisters damaged homes, splintered barns and toppled trees in parts of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, the National Weather Service confirmed.

  • Southern plagues: Drought, flood, fire and now killer storms

    Shaylyn Jeffery holds the building owner's dog "Payday" while outside of the demolished Rosalie Plaza Grocery where she had opened up a tee-shirt business one month earlier on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 in Rosalie, Ala. A suspected tornado touched down in the area overnight.    (Dan Henry/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Tornadoes that dropped out of the night sky killed five people in two states and injured at least a dozen more early Wednesday, adding to a seemingly biblical onslaught of drought, flood and fire plaguing the South.

  • The Latest: Animals at Tennessee aquarium OK, facility says

    Smoke from wildfires fill the air around Gatlinburg, Tenn., on  Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.  Rain had begun to fall in some areas, but experts predicted it would not be enough to end the relentless drought that has spread across several Southern states and provided fuel for fires now burning for weeks in states including Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina. (Michael Patrick/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning across the South (all times local):

  • Raging wildfires in South force evacuations in Tennessee

    Polo Gutierrez climbs onto the foundation of a destroyed home to try and see if his apartment building is still standing, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in Gatlinburg, Tenn., after a wildfire swept through the area Monday. Gutierrez fled his apartment with other residents as fires approached the previous night. (Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP)

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — With flames dripping from tree branches and the air filled with embers, thousands of people raced through a hellish landscape as they fled wildfires that killed three people and destroyed hundreds of homes and a resort in the Great Smoky Mountains.

  • Death toll from Australia’s thunderstorm asthma reaches 6

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Six people have died and five remain on life support after a rare condition known as thunderstorm asthma struck Australia’s second-largest city.