In Georgia, there were reports of two tornadoes and one person killed Tuesday as the storms blew through. Bryan County Coroner Bill Cox confirmed the death but didn’t have any details about the victim or how they died.
Bryan County Fire and Emergency Services said earlier that tornado debris had trapped some people in their homes. Bryan County is located near Savannah.
Mary Edwards was driving on Interstate 16 in Georgia not far from Savannah when she saw a tornado ahead.
The twister appeared just minutes after Edwards received an alert on her phone for a tornado warning.
“To see it right before you, it’s humbling. It’s exciting, it’s majestic, and you really get that sense of mortality. You surrender,” she said.
The other known storm death occurred in East Texas where a middle-aged man in an RV was killed Tuesday morning in the community of Whitehouse, southeast of Tyler, when a tree fell on the vehicle, the Smith County emergency management coordinator said.
The victim’s name was not released. The county was assessing damage to the area after reports of several trees down on homes and trees on roads, the coordinator, Jay Brooks, said.
At least three people suffered non-life-threatening injuries in Allendale County in South Carolina, a spokesperson for the South Carolina Emergency Management Division said. Brandon LaVorgna added there were no known storm deaths.
A few dozen homes and businesses in the county on the Georgia border were damaged, La Vorgna said.
The most serious risk of storms — a level 3 of 5 — exists for more than 4.8 million people in parts of the Florida Panhandle, southern and eastern Alabama, middle and southern Georgia and parts of South Carolina, the center said.
The center said there were 33 tornado reports from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina as of 8:45 p.m. ET.
Downed trees and power lines near the southwestern Alabama community of Coffeeville also might have been caused by a tornado, the weather service said.
Rain was also causing problems Tuesday. Much of metro Atlanta is under a flash flood warning, according to the National Weather Service. As many as 3 inches of rain had fallen across the area and more light to moderate rain is expected to continue through Tuesday afternoon. Several gauges listed on the National Weather Service’s Southeast River Forecast Center website showed minor flooding in the area.
Storms cause damage in Texas
Storms battered parts of Texas on Monday night into early Tuesday, with winds damaging some homes and businesses outside Dallas-Fort Worth, and in one instance flipping over an RV trailer, CNN affiliate WFAA reported.
The trailer appeared to roll over him, and he was sent to a hospital with injuries, but he told a reporter he was OK, according to WFAA.
“I’m standing at the front door watching everything, and I’m like ‘Oh my God,'” Zeleny told WFAA.
Aerial video from WFAA showed roof damage to buildings in rural parts of Johnson County as well as in Collin County, just northeast of Dallas.
More severe weather in the South
The severe weather is the latest in a series of storm systems that have battered the southern US for three weeks straight.
Many of the same areas that have seen severe weather over the past few weeks will under threat again over the week ahead, the Storm Prediction Center’s Bill Bunting told CNN.
“The very moist air flowing northward from the Gulf of Mexico, which has helped the storms develop over the last few weeks, is once again what we will see this week,” Bunting said.
By Thursday, the threat diminishes, as the storms push off the East Coast. While the system is primarily bringing storms to the South, much of the Eastern Seaboard will see rain then.
CNN’s Dave Hennen, Gene Norman, Jennifer Gray, Jamiel Lynch, Sharif Paget, Rebekah Riess and Chris Boyette contributed to this report.
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