By Lohit Jagwani, CNN
An EF3 tornado that touched down near the western Kentucky city of Grayson, killing at least three people, was part of a deadly line of twisters that raked a portion of the Southeast.
Live videos from Dixie Highway, a major road through the town, show large dark plumes of smoke. Cars can be seen overturned and others damaged in the video, which shows the yard of a home in some street lights, damaged roofs and trees down.
Kaitlyn McCormick, 15, told CNN that a neighbor alerted her to the tornado that touched down in her neighborhood.
“I was screaming at him to hide and then I just ran to my house.”
She said her grandmother called her and said that three people had been killed and her family was safe.
Two of the victims killed were children, according to Kristin Bachman, communications director for the Marshall County Kentucky Emergency Management Agency. A third person was injured.
Four deaths have been reported in Louisiana, according to the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness, and at least two people were killed in Mississippi.
In addition to Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina, cities in Alabama, Florida and Virginia were also affected by the weather event.
In Huntsville, Alabama, CNN’s Leyla Santiago reported in the aftermath of the tornado that had hit the area, some highways and main roads were blocked by debris and debris-filled streets.
“I’m so scared,” the 15-year-old said.
Gallian, Kentucky, is about 30 miles from Grayson, Kentucky. The city’s name is pronounced “Gell-son.”