Police in central China have arrested a supervisor who is suspected of allowing the work to continue, despite an adverse weather warning issued by the city of Wuhan.
Storms have led to at least three deaths and dozens of injuries in the southern United States this week.
Extreme weather warnings are in place until Saturday morning.
"It was an amazing experience and honestly I did not think about how lucky myself and my parents were until after looking at the video," said Monica Capen.
Tornadoes caused widespread damage across parts of the state, including in Peachtree City and Coweta County.
There were at least 15 reports of tornadoes in Alabama on Thursday amid severe storms that left at least five people dead and tens of thousands without power.
Thousands have been affected by outages after bad weather brought down power lines and damaged properties.
States facing the highest risk of tornadoes on Wednesday include Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.
The billionaire philanthropist said green energy was not to blame for the widespread blackouts that hit Texas last week as its power grid faltered.
The email error made customers worry that they owed $200,000 to CenterPoint Energy.
More than 4 million Texas residents were left without power in a state largely dependent on oil and gas.
"Mother nature is dealing us a rough hand tonight," the Sacramento Municipal Utility District said Tuesday evening.
Massive thunderstorms swept across northern Texas, prompting tornado warnings and causing major damage to buildings in Arlington.
Iota is expected to make landfall in nearly the exact same location where Hurricane Eta did about two weeks ago, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
There are more than 2.2 million power outages reported across Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Alabama and Mississippi, as of Thursday.
Delta, now categorized as a post-tropical cyclone, "continues to be a heavy rainfall threat," the National Hurricane Center warned Sunday.
After making landfall Friday, "rapid weakening is anticipated and Delta is forecast to fall below hurricane strength," the National Hurricane Center said.
Tropical Storm Teddy is "likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions," the National Hurricane Center warned.
Hurricane and storm surge watches have been issued for most of southern Louisiana, including New Orleans, and southeast Texas, the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed earlier.
At least 400,000 residents of Puerto Rico were reportedly left without power after outages struck the territory only hours before Tropical Storm Isaias was expected to form.
Hurricane Hanna first hit land in Padre Island in Kenedy County, Texas; the maximum sustained wind speed is 90 mph.
The storm has been gaining strength and is expected to make landfall over the weekend, leading to a state of emergency in Louisiana.
Officials estimate the search and rescue operation took approximately 15 hours and no serious injuries were reported.
More than 2.5 million people have been evacuated from coastal districts in India's West Bengal and Odisha states, as well as areas of Bangladesh, in response to Wednesday's severe storm.
Heavy rainfall is expected in the sub-Himalayan region of West Bengal as well as the Indian states of Sikkim, Assam and Meghalaya through Thursday.
The damage was severe in several parts of Indiana, where trees and utility poles were downed during the storms.
Tornadoes were reported in Texas as strong northeasterdly winds brought rain and thunderstorms to large parts of the state.
Benjamin Charles Fitch, 27, was last seen walking in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee an hour before a tornado hit.