Spring storm socks Midwest, Deep South; 3 dead

SHUQUALAK, Miss. (AP) – A powerful spring storm unleashed tornadoes and winds strong enough to peel the roofs from homes in the Deep South and heaped snow and ice on the Midwest, killing three people.

It left thousands without power as it moved up the East Coast on Friday.

Emergency officials say one person was killed by a tornado in Mississippi. In Missouri, a utility worker repairing power lines was electrocuted, and a woman in Nebraska died when she tried to trudge through a blinding snowstorm from her broken-down car to her house a mile away.

Golf-ball and baseball-sized hail pelted parts of Georgia and the Carolinas. The second day of play at the Masters at Augusta National in east Georgia began as scheduled, though. The course was a bit wet but otherwise undamaged.