Severe storms from Texas to the Carolinas damaged homes and left thousands without power throughout the afternoon and evening hours on Monday.
In South Carolina, an apparent tornado touched down in Chesnee, ripping roofs from homes and destroying buildings.
Emergency crews urged residents to keep clear of the area due to the excess damage within the city.
Large trees were uprooted and snapped in half along county roads. The National Weather Service will conduct a damage survey on Tuesday for the reported tornado in Spartanburg County.
As storms moved into North Carolina, residents filmed ominous clouds floating over Union County neighborhoods.