Chattanooga area escapes worst of deadly storm system that plowed through South

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Power outages were minor, though widespread across the region, after storms pummeled the Southeast overnight Sunday and early Monday, killing at least 20 people.

Most of the damage was restricted to areas south of the tri-state area, though spotty damage did occur, officials said.

The Associated Press reported heavy storm damage in southern Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina, where victims were trying to pick up the pieces in the wake of a powerful storm system. Fifteen people were killed in South Georgia.

Meanwhile, utility officials in Jackson County, Ala., said the soft ground and strong winds continued to create problems throughout the day Monday.

In Hamilton County early Monday, Electric Power Board power grid maps showed scattered to minimal outages mostly south of Hixson and west of Signal Mountain.