More than two dozen tornadoes rake the Deep South, killing 3 people

A building in Alexandria, Louisiana, damaged by a tornado on Monday.

(CNN)More than two dozen tornadoes touched down in parts of the Deep South on Monday, killing at least three people.

Most of the tornadoes were reported in Mississippi, with several striking Louisiana, the National Weather Service said. The deaths occurred in Louisiana and Alabama, officials said.
The tornadoes injured people in several states, and damaged homes and churches, officials said.
    They are part of a severe weather system moving east before the Christmas holiday. A strong cold front is bringing cold and snow across portions of the Midwest with more than 6 in