At least one person was killed Monday as powerful tornadoes ripped through the United States, cutting power and damaging homes in several states. About 50 million Americans in the central and southeastern United States are on the verge of extreme weather conditions that so far have spawned nearly two dozen tornadoes.
The victim, a man from Douglasville, Ga., Was killed when a fallen tree knocked down power lines on his vehicle, according to the state’s Emergency Management Office.
As of Monday afternoon, tornadoes were reported from Kentucky to South Carolina, and even southwest of Atlanta. Thirty homes in Tompkinsville, Ky., Were damaged by a tornado Monday morning, according to CBS affiliate WKRN.
CBS News’s Lonnie Quinn said the damage was far from over, with severe storms expected in Texas overnight. The storms are then expected to move east, affecting areas from Louisiana to Mississippi on Tuesday before potentially reaching the Atlanta area again.
Severe storms also caused extensive damage on Sunday. In Mississippi, time has torn roofs and cut down trees and power lines, making some neighborhoods inaccessible. The extent of the storm damage is not yet clear, but photos and stories from local residents show a heavy toll.
“The damage kind of made navigating the neighborhood a maze and I couldn’t even access the street I live on after it all unfolded,” said resident Shawn Lee.
In Tupelo, Terille Pulliam’s roof was partially ripped off by a tornado. He said he was huddled in a bathroom with 12 people when the storm hit.
“I’m blessed that no one got hurt or anything like that…” he said. “It could have been worse… it could have been worse.
Pulliam told CBS News his home is currently unlivable and that he plans to stay in a hotel overnight. But he said he was grateful that only his home was damaged and that he and his loved ones were safe.