South Tornado Outbreak Kills 5; Alabama Declares State of Emergency
One tornado killed three people in the northern Alabama town of Rosalie, the NWS says, and The Associated Press reports that all three were in the same mobile home when the storm hit.
Several areas of north Alabama were hit by severe storms late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.
At least five hit Alabama, and three more struck southern Tennessee, and one confirmed in Louisiana and at least four in MS, forecasters said. No injuries were reported from those storms, though property damage is widespread. He didn’t have further details on what happened. County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rocky Harmon told NBC News the three died in one home, adding a church and shopping plaza in Rosalie were destroyed. An active tornado warning was posted for northeastern Alabama counties of Marshall, Cullman and Morgan, which are located between the cities of Huntsville and Birmingham.
Search and rescue teams were combing McMinn County, Tennessee, after a tornado touched down there and injured up to 23 people, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said.
Forecasters also said storms could produce straight-line winds above 60 miles per hour, while officials warned people to monitor weather alerts and for mobile home residents to spend the night elsewhere.
The tornado watch – warning that tornadoes were possible – remained in place across Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana until noon CST (5pm GMT) yesterday. Crews from the National Weather Service will be out on Wednesday surveying the damage.
The National Weather Service in Nashville will be traveling Wednesday to Coffee County, Giles County and Cumberland County to investigate the impact of the tornadoes, which were confirmed by radar or trained spotters. The fire destroyed at least 150 buildings, including iconic homes and a resort.
According to the NWS, a likely tornado in Noxubee County, Mississippi, trapped people inside a camp house on Ebenezer Church Road on Tuesday.
The storms also brought heavy rain to northwestern Alabama, and in the town of Florence, police asked drivers to avoid several flooded roads, AL.com reported. Six people who were in a building beside the Ider, AL, daycare, three adults and three children, were transported to the hospital. Streams were cresting in western Alabama after as much as 4 inches of rain.
Some 20 homes were destroyed in Jackson County and 45 others were damaged, according to an initial assessment.
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