In Griffin, Georgia, a tree toppled over and demolished a funeral home, several residents became stuck in an apartment building, a local craft shop suffered damage to its roof, and a man had to be freed after a tree fell on his house.
Numerous tornadoes that hit the southern states of Alabama and Georgia have killed at least nine people in the US, including a five-year-old child.
Across 14 counties in the two states, rescue teams are sifting through wreckage and looking for any survivors as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has reported at least 35 probable tornadoes.
On Thursday, one cut a 20-mile (32-kilometer) course through two rural Alabama communities before tracking east to Atlanta in Georgia.
Autauga County in Alabama has reported seven fatalities, at least 12 significant injuries, and the destruction of 40 dwellings, including some mobile homes that may have been blown into the air.
A tornado in Selma tore through the city’s centre, bringing down brick buildings, uprooting oak trees, and tossing cars into the street.
Authorities hoped to gain an overhead look of the city but no deaths or significant injuries were reported there.
An employee at a recycling facility in Alabama captured video of workers being driven back into the structure after a massive piece of sheet metal crashed into the entrance.
In Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp said that a local government worker died while repairing storm damage, and a five-year-old child died in Butt’s County, southeast of Atlanta, when a tree fell on the vehicle they were in. The status of an adult passenger in the car was critical.
Mourners in Griffin had to seek cover in businesses and restrooms when a tree fell on a funeral home during a service.
The funeral home’s chief operational officer, Sha-Meeka Peterson-Smith, stated, “When we came out, we were in absolute disbelief. We were aware of everything, but we were unaware of just how horrible everything was.
A observation room and a lounge were destroyed when it collapsed right through the front of the structure. Nobody was harmed.
A local craft business had some roof damage, several people were trapped in a block of flats when trees fell on it, and a guy had to be freed after a tree fell on his house. All of these incidents happened elsewhere in the city.
According to PowerOutage.us, hundreds of homes and businesses in the storm’s path were left without electricity.
The Gulf of Mexico warming, the La Nina weather cycle, and the greater eastward shift of tornado activity are all possible contributing factors to the storm.