PHOTOS: Storms bring flooding and power outages across the U.S.

Chris Smith makes his way through floodwaters to the Macedonia Baptist Church in Westville, N.J., Thursday, June 20, 2019. Severe storms containing heavy rains and strong winds spurred flooding across southern New Jersey, disrupting travel and damaging some property. (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP)

Storms were blamed for two deaths and left hundreds of thousands of people without power across the southern United States, forecasters said.

Fallen trees ripped down power lines and crashed into buildings along a line from Texas to Alabama overnight and into Thursday morning, the national Storm Prediction Center reported. Similar damage continued later in the day in parts of Georgia, the Carolinas and southeast Virginia.

Straight-line winds of up to 85 mph (137 kph) damaged roofs Wednesday in the northeast Texas city of Greenville, the National Weather Service reported Thursday. Local officials had initially suspected a tornado. In Mississippi, Jackson Salter, 19, died when a tree fell on his home Wednesday night, Washington County Coroner Methel Johnson told The Delta Democrat-Times .

A fallen tree was also blamed for the Thursday afternoon death of a person in Columbia, South Carolina, the Richland County Coroner's Office said. A wind gust of 79 mph (127 kph) was recorded in the city that afternoon. Across the Carolinas, there were dozens of reports of trees down, some landing on houses in North Carolina and others landing in the middle of Interstate 20 in South Carolina.

Utilities reported more than 200,000 customers without power Thursday evening across Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. More than 50,000 remained without power in Arkansas on Thursday evening, long after storms exited. (AP)

Handyman Jim Crow cleans an Aerie's Zipline building on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, in along Main Street in Grafton, Ill. On Wednesday, the level of the Mississippi River was 30.2 feet, having dropped about five feet from its crest at 35.17 on June 7. (Photo: Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
Members of the 233rd Military Police out of Springfield, Illinois, take down the most eastern portion of the flood wall along Main Street on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, in Grafton. On Wednesday, the level of the Mississippi River was 30.2 feet, having dropped about five feet from its crest at 35.17 on June 7. (Photo: Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
A lone car, once submerged in flood waters, sits caked in mud along Main Street on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, in Grafton, Ill. On Wednesday, the level of the Mississippi River was 30.2 feet, having dropped about five feet from its crest at 35.17 on June 7. (Photo: Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
People inspect the floodwaters submerging Broadway in Westville, N.J. Thursday, June 20, 2019. Severe storms containing heavy rains and strong winds spurred flooding across southern New Jersey, disrupting travel and damaging some property. (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP)
Floodwaters partially submerge vehicles on Broadway in Westville, N.J. Thursday, June 20, 2019. Severe storms containing heavy rains and strong winds spurred flooding across southern New Jersey, disrupting travel and damaging some property. (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP)
Officials and residents gather on the edge of the floodwaters submerging Broadway in Westville, N.J. Thursday, June 20, 2019. Severe storms containing heavy rains and strong winds spurred flooding across southern New Jersey, disrupting travel and damaging some property. (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP)
A man in a home along High St. waits for rescuers to come back for him after overnight thunderstorms flooded much of Westville, N.J. on Thursday, June 20, 2019. (Photo: Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
Rescuers guide boats on High St as they bring people to safety after overnight thunderstorms flooded much of Westville, N.J. on Wednesday, June 20, 2019. (Photo: Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
A dumpster floats on floodwater along Broadway in Westville, N.J. Thursday, June 20, 2019. Severe storms containing heavy rains and strong winds spurred flooding across southern New Jersey, disrupting travel and damaging some property. (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP)
Parishioners pump out floodwater inside the Macedonia Baptist Church in Westville, N.J. Thursday, June 20, 2019. Severe storms containing heavy rains and strong winds spurred flooding across southern New Jersey, disrupting travel and damaging some property. (Photo: Matt Rourke)/AP
People inspect the floodwaters submerging Broadway in Westville, N.J. Thursday, June 20, 2019. Severe storms containing heavy rains and strong winds spurred flooding across southern New Jersey, disrupting travel and damaging some property. (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP)
Todd Allen, his dog Rusty with his aunt Betty and uncle Roger Allen, right, of Vincentown, N.J., canoe along flooded roads after heavy rain fell on the area Thursday June 20, 2019. Severe storms containing heavy rains and strong winds have spurred flooding in the suburbs of Philadelphia. (Photo: Tyger Williams/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
A woman walks back to her car after it was stranded in flood waters near the intersection of East Vine Street and East Crosstown Parkway in Kalamazoo, Mich., Thursday, June 20, 2019. (Photo: Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)
A man takes pictures of the flooded Waldo Stadium on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., Thursday, June 20, 2019. (Photo: Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)
People look at the flooded Waldo Stadium on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., Thursday, June 20, 2019. (Photo: Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)