Severe Weather Kills 5 in Alabama and Tennessee

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Five people were killed and others injured, just after midnight in parts of Alabama and Tennessee.

According to the National Weather Service Center and law enforcement officials, a band of severe storms and tornadoes swept through the area, and left a trail of destruction in its wake.

The states that were severely affected are Alabama and Tennessee.

Local law enforcement has confirmed that three fatalities occurred in the northeastern part of Alabama. The neighboring state of Tennessee also reported two casualties. Northwest Alabama in Colbert County has reported several areas with widespread damages.

The sheriff’s department has also confirmed that three children along with three adults from the same family were injured, when the daycare where they sought refuge were completely demolished. First respondents on the scene transported the injured to a nearby hospital.

According to Anthony Clifton; the director of Dekalb County Emergency Management, the three adults listed in critical condition and is currently undergoing treatment.

Chief Deputy; Rocky Harnen of the Jackson Country Sheriff’s Department told NBC News reporter, that the three victims in Rosalie, Alabama were from the same family, because all three died in the same home.

The devastating disaster also wiped out 25 homes as well as six poultry establishments. A Baptist church and an entire shopping plaza were among some of the buildings destroyed.   Additionally, the roof of a motel in nearby Guin, Alabama was blown off by strong winds.

The Alabama Power Company reported that many electrical lines and trees were down, leaving widespread electricity outage, which affected 4,200 customers throughout the region.

Several US states inclusive of Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, and New Orleans are currently under tornado watch until 10:00am, Wednesday morning. The severe weather also affected more than 10 million people in the western part of North Carolina.

 

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