At least three people are reported to have been killed as powerful tornadoes hit the southern US yesterday.

Tornadoes struck Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida, destroying homes and businesses.

The deaths occurred when mobile homes were destroyed in Louisiana and Mississippi, officials said.

Meteorologists said the storm system could hit Alabama and Georgia later today.

Two people died at a trailer park in Convent, southern Louisiana, where 90% of the homes were destroyed, emergency services said.

“These travel trailers were picked up, thrown a considerable distance and just mangled,” Louisiana’s governor John Bel Edwards said.

He said it was a “minor miracle” that more people had not been killed because most of the trailers were occupied when the storm hit, the BBC reported.

At least 30 people were taken to hospital in the state, most of them from the trailer park.

The other death occurred near the southern Mississippi town of Purvis, the US National Weather Service said.

A tornado was also reported in the northern Florida town of Pensacola, the weather service said.Local media reported that three buildings in an apartment complex had been badly damaged and thousands of people in the region were without power.