TODAY   |  April 12, 2013

One dead as tornadoes touch down in South

At least three tornadoes hit the south Thursday as part of storm system that has cut a path of destruction from Texas to the Carolinas. One person was killed in Mississippi and several more seriously injured across the region. NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez reports.

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>> reporter: matt?

>> andrea mitchell in seoul, south korea , thanks, as always.

>>> we are following a new threat of severe weather in the south, after another day of powerful tornadoes that were deadly. tamron hall has more on that this morning.

>> good morning, a lot going on. residents across the south are picking up the pieces this morning after those storms turned deadly on thursday. nbc's gabe gutierrez is in south huntsville, alabama, with the latest for us. good morning, gabe.

>> reporter: good morning, tamron. the severe storms left thousands without power and damaged buildings throughout the south. today residents are cleaning up. monster twister caught on tape.

>> it's coming towards us.

>> reporter: one of at least three to hit the south. part of a storm system that's cut a path of destruction from texas to the carolinas. at least one person was killed in mississippi and several more seriously hurt across the region. high winds left thousands without power here in huntsville, alabama, strong gusts also tore the roofs off homes and took down 100-foot tree, right onto this house. fortunately the owners were hiding in the basement.

>> apparently it was a bunch of wind, very strong winds.

>> reporter: in kentucky the roof was ripped clean off of at least one home. hail was a hazard for drivers outside atlanta and in northwest georgia , heavy gusts battered homes and cars with debris.

>> the roof of the building wrapped around trees like it's nothing over there, like it's paper.

>> reporter: a wooden beam shot through the roof of one man's home, three feet from where he was standing. still, he says --

>> i'm lucky. i'm sure some folks out there who can't go back to their home.

>> reporter: the threat not over yet. storm warnings remain in effect for the carolinas and parts of northern florida.