A tornado killed at least six people in the US state of Alabama on Thursday. This is reported by the emergency services. The deaths occurred in Autauga County, an area in the center of the state. Further details have not yet been announced. The tornado then moved into neighboring Georgia, where the National Weather Service’s tornado warning remains in effect.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has declared a state of emergency in Autauga County and five other counties. In the city of Selma, which is also under a state of emergency, there is “serious damage”, according to the services of Mayor James Perkins. Aerial footage shows widespread destruction. Authorities warn that power lines have come down and trees have been uprooted, but are not talking about any injuries.
Meteorologists had warned of life-threatening tornadoes.
In total, about 200,000 households in the region are without power.