Saturday, 18 September, 2021


The South braces for tornado outbreak

Strong tornado kills at least five after ripping through Alabama 5 people reported dead following Ala. tornado
Noah Ferguson | 26 March, 2021, 15:55

Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade said that five deaths and two injuries have been reported in the Ohatchee and Wellington area.

WIAT reported a "large, rain-wrapped tornado", with "multiple calls for assistance right now", tweeted meteorologist Craig Ceecee.

Blaring tornado sirens and howling winds roared across parts of western Georgia early Friday as severe storms pounded southern states, including in Alabama where at least five people died in twisters that wrecked homes, splintered trees and crumpled businesses.

According to the Weather Channel, the west Georgia town of Newnan had also seen significant storm damage as of Thursday night.

TheNational Weather Service (NWS) office in Birmingham issued a "tornado emergency" for areas just south and east of the city.

"I urge all folks in the path of these tornadoes and storm systems to remain on high alert", Governor Kay Ivey tweeted.

'Tragically, we are receiving reports of loss of life. Unfortunately, the day is not over yet. "Please stay safe", Biden wrote on Twitter.

Utility lines had also been downed along Highways 119 and 31 in Pelham, a city of about 20,000 people about 30km (20 miles) south of Birmingham, the Pelham Police Department said on Twitter.

Images shared on social media much of the devastation and destruction left after the tornado hit the state. We've got homes along here that are totally destroyed, trees down, power lines down.

With power knocked out to tens of thousands and people now tasked with clearing away the debris and rebuilding, the violent weather that swept through parts of Alabama and the region marked the most dreaded part of springtime in the Deep South: tornado season.

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