01/30/2013 07:53 pm ET

Tornadoes In Georgia And Tennessee Cause Widespread Destruction (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

A massive storm tore through the Southeast and parts of the Midwest Tuesday night and Wednesday, flipping cars on the interstate, demolishing homes and businesses, killing at least two people and leaving tens of thousands without power.

The National Weather Service reported that eight tornadoes touched down in Tennessee, with winds reaching 115 mph. The Red Cross was helping families in at least seven counties in the state, WSMV reports.

A 47-year-old man identified as Vernon Hartsell was killed in Nashville, Tenn., when a tree fell on a shed where he was sheltering from the storm, and separately, a man died in Adairsville, Ga., after a tree fell on his house, WSB-TV reports.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency, and a curfew was set for Adairsville beginning at dusk to help keep residents safe, CBS Atlanta reports.

Although most of the damage was in Georgia and Tennessee, the storm reached farther west, injuring people as far away as Kentucky and Arkansas, according to the Associated Press.

The severe weather was caused by unseasonably warm winds from the south colliding with cold air from Canada, the Weather Channel's Chad Burke said, according to NBC News. "It's not a normal pattern for this time of year," Burke added.

There's a Facebook page set up for residents to find help and to communicate about the storm damage.

See below for photos of the damage caused by the storm and the tornadoes in Georgia and Tennessee.



Storm Destruction In Georgia And Tennessee