Southern states of the United States braced for violent storms in the dark on Tuesday as at least 50,000 homes and businesses were left without power. One person was also reported dead in Texas after the storms.
W. M. Soloman, a resident of Whitehouse, Texas, died when storm winds toppled a tree onto his house on Tuesday, according to Mayor James Wansley.
The storms triggered multiple tornado warnings in states like Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina by the National Weather Service, according to reports from Associated Press. No injuries connected to the storms have been reported so far.
A possible tornado touched down early Tuesday evening in Pembroke, Georgia, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) west of Savannah. Carter Infinger, chairman of the Bryan County Commission, said some buildings were damaged but he was not sure if there was more widespread destruction.
What is the known damage caused by the storms?
Fallen trees and limbs closed a stretch of highway for several hours in Newton County, Mississippi. As the line of storms pushed into Georgia, a large tree fell and crashed through the roof of Marie Jordan’s home in metro Atlanta, coming down in the living room, kitchen and garage.
Elsewhere in Texas, one person was injured when the storms swept through Johnson County, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southwest of Dallas. Brittaney Deaton said she became trapped in an RV trailer behind her family’s home after the trailer flipped over. She said her stepfather got injured trying to free her.
What is next?
The threat of damaging weather will move further north on Wednesday, forecasters said, with severe storms possible across an area stretching from western Alabama to the western tip of the Carolinas.