AT LEAST 45 people have now been killed by storms across six US states.
CNN reports that severe weather and tornadoes have devastated parts of North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama and Arkansas. Sixty tornadoes tore across North Carolina alone on Saturday.
The storms began on Thursday in Oklahoma and travelled across the southern states before moving out to the Atlantic on Sunday. More that 240 tornadoes in total were reported.
The focus now turns to the search for survivors, with officials in North Carolina predicting that the number of deaths could rise as rescue teams search in more remote areas hit by high winds and flash floods. Hailstones the size of grapefruit were reported in some areas.
Storm chasers film a huge tornado in Wilson, North Carolina: