6 People Are Dead After Severe Tornadoes Hit Alabama: Alabama is now dealing with six fatalities after storms destroyed homes and inflicted “severe damage” on the city of Selma on Thursday. The emergency Management Agency Director for the county Autauga County claimed the fatalities occurred there, which is northwest of Montgomery.
He claimed that an apparent path of around 20 miles was taken by a tornado that hit the towns of Old Kingston and Marbury. Currently, we know that 40 to 50 of our properties have either sustained serious damage or have been completely demolished, according to Baggett.
Mayor James Perkins Jr. of Selma stated during a press conference that the city was determining the extent of the damage and that as of Thursday afternoon, no fatalities had been reported. He encouraged locals to send him pictures of any damage they saw in Selma.
Bobby Green, who was in his car when the storm hit Selma, said to Birmingham-based NBC affiliate WVTM, “I felt it was all over for me.” He claimed he had to get out of the passenger window since his car was completely covered with heavy debris.
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On-site emergency response teams were available to help. In a statement, the National Weather Service in Birmingham said, “We have received several heartbreaking reports of damage.” To validate the tornadoes, storm surveys could take days, according to the report.
According to a city statement on Facebook, trees and damaged power lines have forced Selma’s majority of streets to close. To Todanger from the exposed electrical wires, Selma officials imposed a curfew from dark till daybreak.
“Every school has indicated that pupils are present and secure. At this time, neither going to school nor letting the kids out of school is safe “official statements According to Perkins, the majority of the city center and about 10,000 homes and businesses in Selma were still without electricity as of 7:30 p.m. In order The city from losing cell coverage, he claimed crews were on the way.
A Selma city council emergency meeting was held outside without power, with audio captured on a cell phone and webcast on Facebook. Since their homes have suffered significant damage, some members were unable to attend. The organization set aside $2 million of its budget surplus for the catastrophe.
People sent pictures and videos of the damage they saw in Selma, some of which showed entire blocks where it appeared as though many buildings had been destroyed. More than twenty images were posted by one user to Facebook, showing destroyed homes, trees blocking roads and even a car that appeared to have been hit by a downed power line.
A Twitter user who was traveling state 65 shared video of a what seemed to be a funnel cloud touching down. The Federal Aviation Administration announced on Thursday that flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport had been instructed to ground stop due to thunderstorms. The suspension was lifted, however, the FAA noted that planes leaving Atlanta experienced an average delay of 26 minutes.
According to an airport spokesperson, Hartsfield-Jackson has only been slightly impacted by the issue, which is being closely watched. The sheriff’s office in Morgan County reported that a storm caused significant building damage. There were perhaps ten injuries, but none of them seem to be serious. Overturned vehicles and numerous downed trees were seen in Decatur, in Morgan County.
Minor injuries, according to the police. According to the weather service, 42 tornadoes were reported on Thursday, largely in Alabama but also in Georgia and Kentucky. It is necessary to conduct storm surveys to confirm whether or not there were tornadoes and how many there were.
In Alabama, the counties of Hale, Bibb, Sumter, and Autauga have all reported significant damage. The sheriff’s office reported “huge amounts of trees” falling in Spalding County, Georgia, obstructing highways and bringing down power lines. Griffin, a city in the county, reported damage and asked people to stay inside.
As seen in the video from NBC station WXIA of Atlanta, one automobile was damaged and turned on its side in a Walmart parking lot in Griffin, and another was lifted and wound up partially on top of another vehicle. The news that six people lost their lives in her state, Alabama, grieved Governor Kay Ivey of Alabama.
“With their families, friends, and communities, I pray. Despite being all too accustomed to destructive weather, our population is strong. It won’t last forever, but it will make us stronger “Tweeted her. On Thursday, Ivey declared a state of emergency in the following six counties: Autauga, Chambers, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, and Tallapoosa.
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Brian Kemp, the governor of Georgia, also proclaimed a state of emergency and said he was ordering agencies to “respond with an all-hands-on-deck approach” to towns that were impacted. According to the weather service, about 4 million people were under tornado watches on Thursday night, but they subsequently ended.
According to the organization, 17 million people were under wind advisories on Wednesday night, and Atlanta might experience gusts of up to 40 mph. Updated January 12, 2022, at 6:48 p.m. ET The NBC affiliate in Montgomery was given the wrong name in an earlier draught of this story. Instead of WFSA, it is WSFA. A previous version of this article also gave the wrong location for the Autauga County Emergency Management Agency. Prattville, not Prattsville, is where it is.