At least seven people were killed on Wednesday evening as more than a dozen tornadoes formed and tore across parts of the South and Midwest, the National Weather Service confirms.
CNN is reporting that as many as 10 may have been killed during Wednesday’s storms, with other media outlets reporting 8 to 9 people killed.
The atypical, spring-like storm system hit hardest in parts of Mississippi, Arkansas, Indiana, Tennessee, and Louisiana.
The powerful storms ripped roofs straight off of houses and overturned vehicles and mobile homes.
The Associated Press reports that a 7-year-old boy died inside a van in Holly Springs, Mississippi, as a result of the weather and that three people were killed in a nearby county where 40 people were reported injured.
In Tennessee, the wire service reports a man and woman died in Perry County, while an 18-year-old woman was killed in Arkansas when an uprooted tree toppled onto her home.
Scores of others have been reported missing.