Strong Storms Wreaking Havoc Across U.S.

MARCH 3, 2007 - Posted at 7:23 a.m. CST

ENTERPRISE, AL - At least 17 deaths in three states are now blamed on a system of powerful storms that included tornadoes.  The search for more victims continues.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency reports at least nine deaths in Georgia.  Three counties reported fatalities, with six of the deaths occuring in Baker County.

In Sumter County, where two people died, the main hospital was damaged.  A deputy sheriff says power also is out everywhere in the city of Americus.

Authorities in Alabama blame the storms for at least seven deaths there, including five at a high school where a roof collapsed after being struck by a tornado.  Authorities are still searching the debris this morning for more possible victims.

A tornado also killed a 7-year-old girl near West Plains, Missouri.  And there were more twisters in Kansas.

Meanwhile, more snow and more problems are expected today from the second major winter storm in less than a week to hit parts of the Plains and Midwest.

At least four storm-related deaths were reported yesterday: three in car accidents, one person who died after shoveling snow.

Hundreds of airline flights were canceled in Minnesota and more cancellations are likely today.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)