A series of tornadoes that touched down in Alabama on Thursday has left five people dead after it ripped through the state, demolishing homes and leaving thousands without power. Of the five people who died, they were from three different locations in Calhoun County, Alabama.
Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown confirmed five people, all believed to be adults, died in three residential structures on Thursday. According to Brown, three family members were killed inside a wood-frame home in Ohatchee, a small town in the eastern part of the state, after a tornado touched down around 3 p.m.
Another victim was an Alabama man who died in a mobile home in Ohatchee. Finally, the last victim was a woman who died in a mobile home in Wellington, Alabama.
On Thursday night and into the early morning hours of Friday, eight tornadoes touched down across the state in a matter of hours. In addition to the five fatalities, it’s unknown how many sustained injuries.
According to authorities, one destructive tornado ripped through nearly 100 miles across Alabama, demolishing almost everything in its deadly path.
In addition to the individuals who passed away in Alabama, at least one person died in Mississippi when a tree fell into a mobile home in Wilkinson County.
According to the utility tracker, PowerOutages.us., more than 41,000 people in Alabama and Georgia remained without power until late Friday morning. As of 8 a.m. CST, over 24,000 people are still without power in Alabama. In Georgia, over 13,000 people are without electricity.
Possible Tornadoes, Thunderstorms Expected Into the Weekend
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey also issued an emergency declaration for 46 counties as the storm systems continued to ramp up on Thursday. State officials opened shelters in and around Birmingham. Ivey also tweeted a statement late Thursday night after officials reported that several people had died.
“Significant and dangerous weather continues to impact portions of Alabama, and I urge all folks in the path of these tornadoes and storm systems to remain on high alert,” Ivey said in a prepared statement. “Tragically, we are receiving reports of loss of life. I offer my sincerest prayers to all impacted. Unfortunately, the day is not over yet. Y’all, please stay safe and vigilant!”
A supercell of storms that produced multiple tornadoes in Alabama later moved east, heading into Georgia. In western Georgia, a tornado also swept through the states’ Coweta County around midnight on Friday.
However, it’s not over yet. The south could see severe weather as thunderstorms are expected to pop up later this weekend. According to the National Weather Service, there may be a “marginal risk of severe thunderstorms” on Friday in Georgia, the Carolinas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, the Great Plains, and the Northeast.
Weather forecaster report that large hail, damaging winds, and more tornadoes are possible in lower Mississippi as “strong to severe storms” return to the state on Saturday.