TODAY   |  May 03, 2010

Deadly flooding hits the South

Days of torrential and unrelenting rain have caused serious devastation and some deaths in parts of Mississippi and Tennessee. The Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel reports from Nashville.

Share This:

This content comes from Closed Captioning that was broadcast along with this program.

>> good morning, everybody. the rain is not over in parts of the south. over the weekend, at least 15 people died because of the weather, most of them in tennessee . the weather channel 's mike seidel is in nashville with more on this. how widespread is the flooding there already?

>> reporter: there's water just about everywhere, ann , especially in suburban areas here in tennessee . all-time two-day record setting rainfall of 2 1/2 inches of rain. the cumberland river filling up city blocks, expect ed to crest later today at 11 feet above flood stage , the highest they've seen in over 70 years. take you back to yesterday. this is the shot of the storm. have you ever seen a school house floating down an interstate? there's one, i-24, before falling apart. two major interstates shut down, thousands evacuated, many roads closed, washed out bridges also washing out. meanwhile today, ann , the tornado threat goes away and the sun is back out most of the week here in nashville .

>> thanks so much, mike seidel , this morning for your reporting.

>>> two big airlines are merging,