BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Relentless wind and rain have pummeled large swaths of the South, causing tornadoes, sparking a flash flood emergency in Alabama and damaging homes from Texas to Virginia. The National Weather Service issued the alert for the Birmingham, Alabama, area at the start of rush hour Tuesday. Several people had to be rescued by boat from floodwaters at an apartment complex in Alabama. Officials say the worst weather could hit parts of Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. One death was reported Tuesday in Tennessee when a tree fell on a mobile home. Authorities on Monday recorded two weather-related deaths in Georgia.