Severe storms produced damaging winds and tornadoes from the Gulf Coast into the Carolinas Tuesday leaving behind paths of damage and thousands without power. One person was killed and more than a dozen were injured from tornadoes that ripped through the Southeast.
The severe weather began in Mississippi before sunrise with tornadoes that brought down trees and power lines and officials closed roads due to debris.
In Newton County, drone video shows damage from the severe storms.
As storms moved east, debris from storms blocked Highway 154 and Highway 64 in southern Alabama. The National Weather Service says that there was a tornado debris signature on radar for the storms that caused this damage.
Crews reported numerous homes damaged and trees uprooted in a handful of counties in Alabama.
In Georgia, officials reported that one person was killed and 12 were injured by a tornado that moved through the town of Pembroke.
Officials in Bryan County issued a state of emergency in response to the tornado that touched down in the Pembroke and Ellabell areas.
The Dooly County Emergency Manager reported likely tornado damage that brought down trees and power lines.
In Bibb County, Georgia, reports of homes were destroyed and damage to an elementary school’s property.
Storms continued to strengthen as they moved into South Carolina, where tornadoes are believed to have destroyed multiple homes.
The NWS in Charleston issued a Tornado Emergency for Allendale, South Carolina, around 4 p.m. Officers reported that one person was injured and the tornado destroyed homes and trees. Other reports stated that this storm blew roofs off.
One person was injured in Aiken County near Monetta.
Representative Bobby Cox said that those in the State House were forced to the basement when a Tornado Warning was issued in Columbia.
More tornadoes were reported in Orangeburg, Bamberg and Hampton Counties.
Scattered severe thunderstorms are possible again Wednesday afternoon from southern portions of Alabama and Georgia into northern Florida, where damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes are possible.