Bad weather: A tornado kills at least 6 in the US state of Alabama

PostedJanuary 13, 2023, 03:52

Severe weatherTornado kills at least 6 in the US state of Alabama

At least six people were killed Thursday when a tornado passed through the central US state of Alabama, emergency services said.

The city of Selma, in the county of Dallas also concerned by the state of emergency, in particular suffered “significant damage”.


The devastating weather phenomenon then continued its path in the neighboring state of Georgia, where the National Weather Service (NWS) maintained tornado warnings in effect in the early evening. The six people killed were in Autauga County, deputy director of the county’s emergency services Gary Weaver confirmed to AFP.

The state of emergency has already been declared in this county and five others by the governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey, who noted at the end of the afternoon on Twitter that “portions of the State (had been) shaken by this dangerous weather system”.

The city of Selma, in Dallas County, also affected by the state of emergency, suffered “significant damage”, according to the services of its mayor James Perkins, who call on residents to avoid moving and keep away from broken power lines. “Teams from the city will be sent as soon as possible to clean up,” adds the municipality on Facebook.

Tornadoes, a meteorological phenomenon as impressive as they are difficult to predict, are relatively common in the United States, especially in the center and south of the country. The southern United States had already been bereaved at the end of November, during the passage of 36 tornadoes which had killed two people in Alabama overnight.


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