Severe storms killed five people in Alabama and Tennessee overnight, and big parts of the Southeast were set to stay under a tornado watch until noon Wednesday, NBC News reported.
In northeastern Alabama, a tornado killed at least three people early Wednesday, authorities said, all in one home. Two people were later confirmed dead in Tennessee.
Three other people were also critically injured in Alabama after a day care center was "completely destroyed" in Ider in DeKalb County, according to the National Weather Service and local sheriff's office.
Images on social media showed a tornado in Atlanta Wednesday, and the National Weather Service said it was investigating damage associated with a tornado warning.