A tornado struck the Atlanta area on Monday, killing at least one person.
Officials in Douglas County, west of Atlanta, said firefighters discovered the body of a man who was killed when a tree dropped on his vehicle at 10:36 a.m.
“When firefighters arrived at the scene, they discovered the driver was trapped inside the vehicle with power lines and a tree on the vehicle,” Douglas County Communications Director Rick Martin said. “Firefighters had to extricate the driver who we are only identifying as a male at this time until next of kin are notified.”
Douglas County was hit by an EF-1 tornado with 90 mph winds and a path 250 yards wide and 1.5 miles long, according to the National Weather Service. It could also have landed in Fulton County, where damage was observed.
Throughout Douglas County, streets were flooded, trees and powerlines were down, and parks were closed as a result of the extreme weather.
In a series of tweets on Monday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms posted photographs of fallen trees in her neighbourhood and other destruction, but she said no one was hurt.
“Not sure if this was a direct hit, but several neighbors have said it sounded like a freight train coming through,” she wrote in one tweet, adding later that a neighbor said he saw the funnel cloud come through.
More than 3,000 people in the state were without power Monday night, according to PowerOutage.US.
Severe weather will continue to threaten more than 100 million people from the southern Plains through the Mid-Atlantic on Monday night, CNN reported.
The area from Texas through Kentucky faces the greatest risk, with high chances of experiencing damaging winds, while large hail and tornadoes are also possible in southeastern Oklahoma and northeastern Texas.
“Very large hail, tornadoes (a couple of which may be significant) and intense damaging winds are expected,” the Storm Prediction Center said.