3 die as severe weather sweeps across Mid-South

Three people died in Tennessee and Arkansas on Thursday as heavy rains swept across the Mid-South.

In Lawrence County, Tennessee, a 72-year-old man died when he tried to drive across a flooded road and his car was swept downstream and submerged, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said.

In Jonesboro, Arkansas, a 74-year-old retired police officer was killed when a tree fell on his house, reported CNN affiliate WMC.

In Black Rock, Arkanas, a tree fell on a van and killed a woman inside, said Brandon Morris of the state emergency management agency.

Memphis took a hit Thursday from storms that had rolled eastward from the Great Plains.

The Memphis Light, Gas and Water's website said about 33,000 customer lost power at one point due to bad weather.

The weather caused play to be suspended at the FedEx St. Jude Classic golf tournament on Thursday, according to the PGA website.

More bad weather is expected Friday in Memphis, with the National Weather Service predicting a 70% chance of precipitation and up to 2 inches of rain. There's a 60% chance in Birmingham, Alabama.

CNN meteorologist Sherri Pugh said severe weather could last until Saturday in the South and Great Plains, with heavy rain, hail, damaging wind and flash flooding possible. Isolated tornadoes are possible, too.

In parts of Nebraska, people were cleaning up from the hailstorms that struck on Tuesday.

As expected, bargain hunters flocked to Woodhouse Family Auto in Blair to buy some of the 4,300 cars damaged by hail, reported CNN affiliate KPTM. The hail smashed car windshields and dented the bodies. Dealership officials estimated the damage at $162 million.

Car prices were determined on a case-by-case basis, with one buyer saying he picked up a Chrysler 300 with broken windows, a broken door handle and lots of dings for $31,000, reported KPTM. The car normally sells for about $54,000, the buyer said.

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