ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. (CNN)—A storm system crossing from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico sparked a few tornadoes, causing significant damage in the small town of Adairsville.
According to Craig Milsap, the fire chief and interim emergency management director of Bartow County, strong winds tore through a motel and a manufacturing plant.
The National Weather Service says 100 cars have been overturned and major structural damage has been done to the downtown part of the city.
A tornado destroyed at least one home and flipped several cars in the area.
Authorities say a man died when a building collapsed and a Tennessee man was killed when a tree fell on the home.
Damage from the storm system is being reported in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky and Indiana.
CNN-affiliate WSMV also reported the partial collapse of an office building in Mount Juliet.
“I built it myself to take an event like this. And it looks like a freight train hit it,” the station quoted building owner Dewey Lineberry as saying. “It’s just destroyed. It laid the building down on top of cars; it put the building on top of people. It’s unbelievable.”
Homes and businesses throughout the region are without power this afternoon.