Severe weather warnings across South; storms kill at least 5

Severe weather warnings across South; storms kill at least 5

(RNN) - Severe weather threats remain Wednesday in the South, following a storm system that produced tornadoes and killed at least five people overnight Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has issued multiple tornado warnings in central Georgia throughout the afternoon. It stated a tornado had been confirmed in Chambers County, AL, around 1:50 p.m., and a waterspout was visible near Destin on the Florida panhandle, and the area remains under a tornado watch.

The NWS also issued a tornado warning for Carroll and Paulding counties in Georgia around 1 p.m. ET, which has since been canceled. Tornado watches were issued for areas from southeastern Louisiana through Mississippi, Alabama and into north Georgia and southeastern Tennessee.

The Associated Press reported a husband and wife had died in Polk County, TN, and an unknown number of others were injured in severe storms in Tennessee, according to an emergency official.

A possible tornado hit the northeast Alabama town of Rosalie, killing three people and injuring two others. Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips told WAFF that they appeared to be from the same household, and other residences had been damaged.

A daycare was destroyed in a town just east of there. Six people who were in a building beside the Ider, AL, daycare, three adults and three children, were transported to the hospital. The adults were listed in critical condition, said DeKalb County Emergency management director Anthony Clifton to NBC News.

Other people in the area sustained injuries, with at least 10 total taken to the hospital. At least 25 buildings were damaged.

Officials said the daycare was not open when the storm hit, but the people injured were the operators of the establishment. At least 25 more homes and six poultry operations also sustained damage in the county. Damage in Madison County, AL, was consistent with an EF-2 tornado, an NWS team said.

Damage in Winston County, AL, appeared consistent with an EF-1 tornado, WBRC reported.

As many as nine possible tornadoes in Mississippi caused power outages and damage, WLBT reported. There have been other reports of tornadoes and hail in Louisiana and Tennessee, per the Associated Press.

WSMV reported four counties in middle Tennessee were hit by possible tornadoes, leaving power lines down and structures damaged in the Nashville area. NWS crews said the damage was consistent with an EF-1.

Emergency management officials and NWS staff are heading to areas hit by storms to assess the damage. The heavy rainfall arrived following months of drought for many areas across the Southeast.

Wildfires aided by strong straight-line winds tore through Gatlinburg, TN, on Monday and Tuesday, killing at least four people and damaging more than 100 buildings.

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