Severe storms have killed five people and injured many more across Alabama and Tennessee. Rescuers have continued to search McMinn County in Tennessee for anyone injured.
Officials said that more than 30 homes and businesses had been damaged in the storms. Meanwhile the Red Cross has set up a shelter at a local Methodist church to help those left without homes or power during the terrifying tornado.
John Gentry, the McMinn County Mayor has urged members of the public to stay away from affected areas in case structures remain unstable. However, there was some good news coming out of tragic events. A pregnant woman in Athens, which was one of the worst hit areas of the county, delivered a healthy baby when she was taken to hospital in Labour as her home was destroyed around her. Both mother and baby are said to be doing well.
Those who have died have not yet been named, but area believed to include a husband and wife who lost their lives in Polk County. In total, eight Tennessee counties battled severe weather overnight. In Marion County, three people were injured while buildings fell town and trees and power lines were also damaged.
A state of emergency was declared in Alabama by governor Robert Bentley after a tornado whipped through parts of the state, killed three people. The deaths reportedly happened in Jackson County, near Highway 71. All three victims are believed to have been in one property when the tornado hit. Ten other people were injured; some with minor injuries, while others were said to be in a critical condition. A day care centre was badly damaged in the storm, but was thankfully not open at the time.
However, officials said that it is not the first time communities have faced such storms and they will rebuild and come together to come to terms with what has happened.