(CNN)-A storm system that caused the deaths of at least 32 people and ripped apart homes in the South, and downed trees and power lines along much of the East Coast was largely a fresh and scary memory Monday night.
From Texas to South Carolina, reports of at least 40 tornadoes spanned more than 1,200 miles, the National Weather Service said Monday.Radar data from the weather service suggests some tornadoes in Mississippi were on the ground for more than an hour and might have tracked at least 100 miles.
The system tore the roofs off many houses and killed people in six states before lashing other homes as it moved up the East Coast knocking trees onto roads and knocking out power to many.
A car is partially covered by the debris of a house torn apart in Livingston, South Carolina.In the South there was extensive damage in some areas.In Mississippi, at least 11 people were killed, the state’s Department of Emergency Management said.
At least nine people were killed in storm-related incidents in South Carolina, the state’s governor Henry McMaster announced Monday. One of those killed was a security guard at a BorgWarner plant in Seneca.
Five people in South Carolina’s Hampton County were killed in the early morning hours Monday, according to a Susanne Peeples, director of the county’s emergency management department.
In Georgia, eight people were killed — including five people in Murray County and one man in Cartersville, local officials said.At least one house in Upson County, Georgia, was picked up and moved by the storm, CNN affiliate WSB reported Monday.
And in Arkansas, one person was killed after a tree fell on a home in Jefferson County, county emergency management director Karen Blevins said.
North Carolina also reported one death. Gov. Roy Cooper said a Davidson County woman died when a tree fell on her home. There were two deaths in Tennessee, according to officials.
Now states already grappling with the coronavirus pandemic are trying to recover from this outbreak of storms.
Emergency officials told residents that sheltering from the storms takes priority over the social distancing guidelines in place to slow the spread of coronavirus.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency emphasized that people should have a safe place to go — and if that’s a public shelter, to continue practicing social distancing.
“If you go to a public shelter please wear a mask, bandana, or scarf around your nose and mouth,” MEMA tweeted.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards went to see tornado damage in Ouachita Parish. He wore a mask and kept his distance from the people who were dealing with damaged or destroyed homes.
“And it’s always a delicate balance because I saw people who were out working hard already to get past the tornado damage and I saw some people in some homes that were obviously not going to be habitable tonight, or anytime soon,” but he couldn’t talk to them, the governor said.