Published: Mon, March 04, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

14 dead in 'catastrophic' Alabama tornado

14 dead in 'catastrophic' Alabama tornado

"Colder air will sweep into the southeast behind the severe weather with temperatures dropping into the 1C (range) southward to central Georgia and across most of Alabama by Monday morning", AccuWeather meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.

Large-scale search and rescue operations have been launched in Lee County, where officials reported multiple injuries. Some homes were also destroyed. But Robinson says teams are still assessing damage in several Alabama counties.

An apparent tornado roared into southeast Alabama and killed at least 14 people and injured several others Sunday, part of a severe storm system that destroyed homes, snapped trees and unleashed other tornadoes around the Southeast.

Meteorologist Meredith Wyatt with the Birmingham, Alabama, office of the National Weather Service said radar and video evidence showed what looked like a large tornado crossing the area near Beauregard shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday.

A number of tornado warnings are in place across the region as the severe weather also caused havoc in Georgia, Florida and SC.

There were several tornado warnings issued for Alabama and Georgia on Sunday afternoon.

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WSFA reported that the Lee County sheriff said the fatalities occurred during at least two tornadoes that hit the county. "We're going to be here all night".

"The challenge is the sheer volume of the debris where all the homes were located", Sheriff Jay Jones said.

Six people suffered injuries, with the most severe being a possible broken leg, she said.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham tweeted their thoughts and prayers for those impacted by the tornadoes, adding, "Please stay out of damaged areas so first responders can do their job". "This main storm line should be exiting our area around 6 p.m.to 7 p.m. It's a favorable environment for tornados".

Anyone in an area under tornado watch is told to "take safety precautions immediately", the South Carolina Emergency Management Division posted on Facebook.

He says the threat of more tornadoes will continue for several hours as the storm system races toward the Atlantic seaboard.

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