There were nine reports of tornadoes, some with damage, and other reports of high winds Wednesday as rare volatile weather in June hit parts of the Southeast and the Gulf Coast, according to forecasters.

No deaths have been reported in the possible tornadoes, which were in Alabama, Georgia and Texas, according to the National Weather Service.

Storm surveys are conducted to confirm tornadoes occurred. The possible twisters occurred on a day that saw more than 23 million people in the path of multiple waves of severe thunderstorms, which carried the risk of tornadoes.

Thunderstorm watches and tornado watches had covered much of the South on Wednesday, but by Thursday morning only central Mississippi and small areas of Arkansas and Louisiana were advised about thunderstorms.

On Wednesday Eufaula, Alabama, suffered damage in what is believed to have been a tornado, the police department in the city of around 12,000 said — and it has seen a tornado in town in four of the last five years.

“We cannot emphasize enough to be weather aware and ready,” the police department said.

In Eutaw, a woman was hospitalized after a storm destroyed the home she was in, Mayor Latasha Johnson said. In Abbeville, a possible tornado tore part of the roof off an Alabama Forestry Commission building, a spokesperson said.

High winds also knocked down power lines. Most of the outages across the South were in Alabama, with around 57,000 customers without electricity early Thursday according to tracking website

The threat of severe storms was unusual. On Wednesday morning, the Storm Prediction Center declared a moderate risk of severe storms, a level 4 out of 5 on its scale, for a region that does not typically get such a high echelon of severe thunderstorms of that nature during June.

For the Southeast and Gulf Coast regions, severe storms are most likely during the early spring months, like March or April. By mid-June, the greatest concentration of severe thunderstorms is typically across the Great Plains.

An unusually strong subtropical jet stream combined with high amounts of warmth and moisture was behind the explosive thunderstorms.

The risk continues Thursday for nearly 4 million people across the Gulf Coast and the Florida Panhandle, including the I-10 corridor. Hazards will include damaging hail and gusty winds.

It wasn’t just the winds that posed a threat. Most of Alabama and the southwestern part of Georgia were under flood watches early Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

“Multiple rounds” of thunderstorms were forecast for parts of Alabama through Thursday evening, with the possibility of up 2 to 5 inches of rain, the weather service in Birmingham said.

Other than storms, Texas is struggling with triple-digit temperatures that are forecast to stick around through the weekend. Heat alerts are in effect for areas from Waco to Brownsville. Highs could vary from 110 to 120 degrees. Records could be broken Friday in cities such as Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio; all are set to soar to the century mark.

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