At least five people reported dead as emergency rescue crews surveyed the rubble across Alabama for more casualties of the massive “supercell” storm wreaking havoc across the southeast.
While tornados first touched down across Alabama and Mississippi, about 50 million people remained under severe weather warnings as the storm moved northeast across Georgia and South Carolina.
A police officer was struck by lightning and more injuries are expected to emerge as 135mph winds destroyed homes and the National Weather Service issued warnings to “take cover now!”
Alabama Governor KayIvey earlier issued an emergency declaration for 46 counties as the storm approached, with shelters opened in advance of the wild weather approaching.
Atlanta meteorologist Brad Nitz tweeted around 4 pm that the storm was 22 miles from the Georgia state line and was moving at 50 mph.
The storm was described as a “supercell thunderstorm”, which can last for several hours and drop numerous violent tornados and large hail.
Jill Biden cancels trip to Alabama amid Tornado emergency
The first lady has postponed her planned trip to Alabama to promote the president’s “America Rescue Plan”.
Jill Biden had planned to visit the state with Jennifer Garner on Friday as part of her husband’s “Help is Here” tour.
White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins confirmed the trip was postponed as tornados wreaked havoc across the state, killing at least five and destroying dozens of homes.
Justin Vallejo25 March 2021 23:52
‘Multiple vortex’ Tornado captured on video
The local CBS in Shelby County was streaming live when a “multiple vortex tornado” touched down over the I-65 as cars were stopped in their path.
“There it is, there it is, that is it, look how large it is. There it is crossing Interstate 65. Multiple vortex tornado. Look at that,” the host said.
“Very large tornado. Likely very destructive tornado as we saw those little swirls going around it, that would be multiple vortex, which means you have different tornados around the parent tornado.”
Justin Vallejo25 March 2021 23:45
Five dead in Alabama as South braces for tornadoes and 135mph winds
At least five people have died in Alabama so far as storms and tornadoes moved across the Southeast US on Thursday.
The casualties were in Calhoun County, Alabama, where search and rescue efforts remain under way, according to CNN.
It’s the latest round of storms after nearly 50 passed through the region last week.
Justin Vallejo25 March 2021 23:10
Five dead in Alabama as first responders search for more
At least five people have died as a result of the major storm in Alabama, according to reports.
The deaths were from Calhoun County, one of the hardest-hit areas in the state. Calhoun County Sherrif Matthew Wade told CNN at least five were dead, while search and rescue efforts were underway in Ohatchee.
The county’s emergency management agency spokeswoman Tiffany DeBoer told The New York Times that exact causes of deaths were not immediately available.
Justin Vallejo25 March 2021 22:34
Police officer struck by lightening during tornado storm
An Alabama police officer was rushed to hospital after being struck by lighting north of Birmingham.
Florence Police Department said in a tweet that other officers provided first aid immediately before being transported to hospital, where he was being monitored.
“He is conscious and responsive at this time,” they said.
Justin Vallejo25 March 2021 22:05
National Weather Service issues storm warning for South Carolina
While large hail is the primary threat, forecasters said isolated tornados could not be ruled out.
Justin Vallejo25 March 2021 21:35
Watch the wildest videos from the Tornados
Storm chasers followed tornados as they left a path of destruction across the south. Here are some of the most intense encounters so far.
Justin Vallejo25 March 2021 21:28
‘There are houses gone’: Multiple injuries reported and home destroyed in Alabama
Several trapped residents rescued from homes and first responders have been taken to hospital for multiple injuries, local news outlets report.
Homes were damaged as dozens of trees were sent flying in the Helena, Pelham and Eagle Point areas, according to AL.com.
Cahaba Valley fire captain Grant Wilkerson told the outlet that firefighters had to extricate people trapped in homes in Eagle Point.
Major Clay Hammac of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, meanwhile, said Eagle Point was the hardest hit in his side of the county.
“We are literally going house to house to check on everyone. There are some houses gone,” he said.
Justin Vallejo25 March 2021 21:10
Residents survey damage as tornados continue
As the supercell storm continues its path northeast, residents in the first hit areas near Birmingham, Alabama, are emerging to survey the damage.
Justin Vallejo25 March 2021 20:59
Tornado passes Cherokee County toward Forney
The National Weather Service says the supercell storm will soon move from Alabama into north Georgia as it continues to wreak havoc.
A tornado warning has been issued for Greene, Sumter, Bount and Jefferson counties.
Another warning has been issued for a second storm into the Cuba area from Mississippi, the weather service said.
“The atmosphere remains conducive to tornado development. STAY VIGILANT”.
Justin Vallejo25 March 2021 20:55