Tornados and severe storms have hit the southeast USA at least seven people died. The state of Alabama was hit hardest, where six people died, as Governor Kay Ivey wrote on Twitter late Thursday evening (local time). The hurricane raged particularly hard in the Autauga district and in the town of Selma, around 50 kilometers away, according to the emergency services. Dozens of houses were destroyed or badly damaged. Several people are still missing. The weather service reported 33 tornadoes or severe storms nationwide.
In Selma, most roads have been closed due to downed power lines and trees, as the city has expanded Facebook announced. The storm caused “significant damage,” said Selma Mayor James Perkins. He called on residents to stay away from roads and downed power poles. Children should not leave schools. Rescue teams are on duty to provide assistance and clear the streets. A state of emergency was also declared in other counties such as Chambers, Coosa, Elmore and Tallapoosa because of the storm. The weather service had warned of a “large and extremely dangerous tornado” in the area.
In the neighboring state of Georgia, a motorist was also killed by a falling tree, the authorities said. A tornado was also spotted near Atlanta International Airport, the busiest US airport by passenger numbers. According to the US aviation authority FAA, aircraft had to remain temporarily on the ground due to severe storms. According to the website poweroutage.us, in Alabama and Georgia around 60,000 households without electricity on Friday night.
A tornado warning from the US Weather Service is in effect for the states of Alabama, Georgia and Florida until late evening local time.