At least five people have been killed by the storms in Tennessee and Alabama, authorities said. A husband and wife died and two others were injured in Polk County, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Dean Flener said. Three people were also killed in a mobile home in Rosalie in northeast Alabama, said Jackson County EMA Director Mike Ashburn. Three other people were taken to the hospital with injuries, he said.

A tornado touched down in Athens, Tenn., overnight the National Weather Service confirmed. Several buildings were severely damaged and as many as 23 people have been injured, Flener said. The National Weather Service has preliminarily categorized the tornado as an EF-2. READ MORE