Damaging Tornadoes and Storms Hit Parts of the South, Causing Injuries, Outages

Areas of the South were hit Thursday with tornadoes and severe weather that caused injuries, damages and power outages.

A tornado touched down in Colquitt County, Georgia, at around 12 p.m. ET. A county 911 dispatcher confirmed that there were reports of extensive damage in the area, according to Weather.com. The tornado caused trees and power lines to fall, as well as damaging nearby buildings, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Videos of the tornadoes were posted to Twitter shortly after they touched down.

"A powerful #tornado ripped through southern Georgia, doing damage across multiple counties. Stay weather aware as more storms are on the way to the gulf Coast," WeatherNation wrote on its Twitter account.

A powerful #tornado ripped through southern Georgia, doing damage across multiple counties. Stay weather aware as more storms are on the way to the gulf Coast:https://t.co/hVZJnrKHMF pic.twitter.com/6v45PMeY58

— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) April 23, 2020

"A long-track #tornado that has been on the ground in Georgia was captured on video in Moultrie just a little while ago," WeatherNation wrote in another tweet.

🚨 BREAKING VIDEO 🚨

A long-track #tornado that has been on the ground in Georgia was captured on video in Moultrie just a little while ago.

Credit: Stephanie Wyatt#GAwx pic.twitter.com/2DuUwVdRtw

— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) April 23, 2020

"#Severe storms were pushing across southern Georgia, and tracked over several major roadways, too. This tractor-trailer was no match for the strong winds with these storms," wrote WeatherNation, along with a video of a truck toppled over.

A powerful #tornado ripped through southern Georgia, doing damage across multiple counties. Stay weather aware as more storms are on the way to the gulf Coast:https://t.co/hVZJnrKHMF pic.twitter.com/6v45PMeY58

— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) April 23, 2020

Pictures of the damage caused by the tornado were posted to Twitter, showing the impact in Adel and Pelham, Georgia.

"Downtown Adel damage," wrote Twitter user Kerri Copello, a news manager for Fox 31 News in Georgia.

Downtown Adel damage (📸: @chase_daughtrey) @NWSTallahassee @JeffCoxWGXA @wfxl #gawx pic.twitter.com/Q0IhYyLUuu

— Kerri Copello (@KerriWFXL) April 23, 2020

"Significant damage at St. Lewis Missionary Baptist Church in #Pelham," Copello wrote in another tweet.

Significant damage at St. Lewis Missionary Baptist Church in #Pelham. Thanks for video of @TyphaniWfxl. @NWSTallahassee #gawx @JeffCoxWGXA pic.twitter.com/zYlehwtyuW

— Kerri Copello (@KerriWFXL) April 23, 2020

According to Weather.com, an emergency management agency representative in Adel confirmed some minor injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service has issued tornado warnings throughout the day for other areas of the South, including parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida.

The tornado in Georgia and the warnings in other Southern states come just a day after the same areas were severely damaged by another tornado. On Wednesday, at least five people were killed and dozens injured after tornadoes hit parts of Texas and Oklahoma. There were two reported deaths in Louisiana.

In the town of Onalaska, in southeast Texas, a tornado damaged more than 240 homes and injured at least 30 residents on Wednesday.

The severe weather has also caused a large number of power outages in the South. According to Poweroutage.us, as of Thursday over 80,000 homes were without power, with more than 25,000 outages in both Mississippi and Georgia.

On Monday, more tornadoes touched down in parts of South Carolina, causing at least nine deaths and damage spread across the state.

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A woman looks at a home leveled by a tornado near Nixville, South Carolina, on April 13. Sean Rayford/Getty