(Source: Fox News)
About 9.5 million people in Alabama and Georgia are expected to be at risk of severe storms, the National Weather Prediction Center said.
On Thursday, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest airport, as the region faces severe weather and thunderstorms, according to reports.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency for several counties north of Montgomery, Alabama, as the storm system moved east. The department warned that the storm will be life-threatening, please take shelter immediately!
Reports of tornadoes were reported across central Alabama as the storm raged. The first major structural damage was reported south of Greensboro just before 11 a.m. Thursday. Separately, Otuga County issued a rare tornado emergency after forecasters called a large and destructive tornado outside Montgomery.
At least six people were killed in the natural disaster, the Otuga County Sheriff’s Office confirmed. Authorities have not released how the men died.
The National Weather Service said during a tornado emergency that you are in a very dangerous situation right now and that flying debris could be deadly for those who cannot take shelter. Homes, businesses and vehicles could be severely damaged and possibly completely destroyed.
More than 120,000 homes were without power in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee as of 4 p.m., according to data released by Powerfailure.us.
In Kentucky, the National Weather Service in Louisville confirmed an EF-1 tornado hit Mercer County and said crews were investigating damage in several other counties. There were reports of downed trees, power outages and other sporadic damage from the storm that ravaged the state.
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