The U.S. authorities are reporting more and more deaths from tornadoes in the southern state of Mississippi. At least eleven victims have now been counted.
American media speak of catastrophic damage, including in neighbouring Louisiana.
The Mississippi governor declared a state of emergency. People who sought refuge in public bomb shelters were warned to keep a safe distance and protect their mouth and nose to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Heavy storms also hit states like Alabama and Georgia with strong gusts and hail.
Hundreds of thousands of households were temporary without electricity due to the severe weather.