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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's governor has issued disaster declarations for two counties hard hit by recent storms.

Gov. Beverly Perdue on Saturday issued the declaration for Davidson and Randolph counties. The declaration allows the counties to access state assistance funds.

A 3-year-old girl and her grandmother were killed when a storm hit a small house in Lexington Wednesday. The National Weather Service says a 200-yard wide tornado struck Davidson County, traveling about eight miles with wind speeds between 111 mph and 135 mph.

The storms killed three people in South Carolina. A Georgia motorist was died when a tree crushed his SUV north of Atlanta.

Meteorologists say a cold front moving west to east across the Carolinas collided with warm, unstable air, it created ideal conditions for severe thunderstorms.

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