GAITLINBURG, Tenn. — Mother Nature is reeking havoc in Alabama.
A tornado ripped through the northeast part of the state Tuesday night, killing three along the way.
She also left a path of destruction in an already devastated state of Tennessee on Tuesday night. A twister swept through Tullahoma, northwest of Chattanooga. No deaths have been reported here, but the tornado did plenty of damage knocking down trees and power lines.
Meanwhile, just like the flames from wildfires in Tennessee, the number of casualties from the blaze continue to rise. At least seven are dead. More than 14,000 people are staying in shelters. And at least 250 homes and businesses have been destroyed.
Michael Reed can't find his wife or two daughters since they tried to escape the fires Monday night.
“I've called the other shelters here," he said while fighting back tears. "They said she isn't there. I’m just hoping for a miracle."
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said, “This is the largest fire in the last hundred years of the state of Tennessee."
So far, the fires have consumed about 15,000 acres. And as firefighters continue fighting flames ripping through eastern Tennessee and bracing for spot fires, they now believe this entire tragedy is "human caused."
"Flames were just everywhere," evacuee Mark Benzschawel said. "It was a nightmare."
Folks in Tennessee and Alabama had little or no warning of the disasters that befell them. Most are just repeating the phrase, "we're lucky to be alive."