Southern towns were reeling from the damage caused by the tornadoes that hit Sunday evening and Monday morning.
The authorities blamed the inclement weather for one death. Damage – including downed trees and utility poles, and buildings with roofs blown off – has been reported in parts of Mississippi, Kentucky and Georgia, and tornado warnings have been issued for parts from Tennessee and South Carolina.
In northeastern Mississippi, the National Weather Service deployed storm survey teams to assess damage in Calhoun, Pontotoc, Itawamba and Lee counties after reports of tornadoes that struck Sunday between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. local time.
Late Sunday, Calhoun County Sheriff Greg Pollan said on Facebook that storms in Calhoun City, about 140 km northeast of Jackson, had damaged several businesses and broken utility poles. Trees fell on some houses and vehicles, he said.
“The town of Calhoun City has been hit hard tonight,” Sheriff Pollan said, urging residents to stay off the roads. “Emergency personnel are working feverishly to open the roads as quickly as possible.”
As Calhoun County dawned, the sheriff’s office examined the damage in daylight and posted images and videos on Facebook of the destruction, including uprooted trees and roofless buildings.
Damage was also reported in Itawamba County in northeast Mississippi near the Alabama border, where the sheriff’s office urged residents on Sunday night to stay at home to keep the roads clear. for emergency and utility vehicles.
In Yazoo County, Mississippi, about 40 miles northwest of Jackson, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said it was evaluating damage reports that occurred early Monday morning.
Severe weather swept through Georgia early Monday morning. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning at around 10:20 a.m. for parts of the state, including downtown Atlanta, after weather radars indicated a tornado had developed.
Within minutes of issuing the warning, the weather service received confirmed reports of a tornado in the area.
“Please take shelter if you are in the way of this storm”, Weather Service said on Twitter.
In Douglasville, Georgia, about 20 miles west of Atlanta, a man was pronounced dead after firefighters found him trapped inside his vehicle after power lines and a tree fell above, according to Rick Martin, a spokesperson for Douglas County.
There have been several reports of damage in the county, including downed trees and power lines. Mr Martin said the weather service was working to determine whether a tornado tore through the area on Monday.
In Atlanta, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms images shared on Twitter storm damage – mostly downed trees – in his neighborhood.
“I don’t know if it was a direct hit, but several neighbors said it looked like a passing freight train,” Ms. Lance Bottoms wrote.
Tornado warnings were issued in parts of Tennessee early Monday. The first was issued just before 5 a.m. local time for areas in and around Culleoka, approximately 90 km south of Nashville. No damage was immediately reported in the area.
A tornado watch – meaning tornadoes were possible – was in effect for parts of Georgia and Alabama until 4 p.m. local time.
the Atlanta Weather Service Office warned a few strong tornadoes were possible, as was hail as large as ping-pong balls and gusts of wind of up to 70 miles per hour.
The volatile weather continued Monday afternoon, when tornado warnings were issued for parts of North Carolina and South Carolina around 1:30 p.m.
At approximately 2:30 p.m. local time, the Weather Service urged residents of Lowndesville, SC and surrounding areas to take cover after confirming that a tornado had struck the area.
Much of South Carolina and parts of North Carolina were under tornado watch until 7 p.m. Monday.
In Kentucky, the weather service said it had deployed a storm investigation team to assess damage in Tompkinsville, about 125 miles south of Louisville, where tornadoes were reported.
Video footage circulating on social media Monday morning showed a possible tornado throwing debris into the air. Other images showed uprooted trees and roof damage.