A series of tornadoes lashed the Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Ala. metro areas in the late evening hours Monday. A debris ball showed up on radar over
Bessemer, Ala., just to the southwest of downtown Birmingham, but the reported tornado fizzled out before it could inflict further damage on highly
populated areas. In Bessemer, Jefferson County Emergency Management officer Horace Walker told AL.com that there were no fatalities in the area, but
damage was reported at an apartment complex near UAB Medical West hospital. The full extent of damage in Bessemer may not be known until the daylight
Limestone County Emergency Director Rite White told the Associated Press that two people were confirmed killed west of Athens, Ala. in a mobile home
Tornado emergencies were declared Monday evening for Athens and Hackleburg as tornadoes were detected on radar. In Athens, damage was reported –
power lines, trees and parts of homes were brought down by a tornado that contained a debris signature on radar. Some injuries were also reported by
the Athens Sheriff's Department.
Governor Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency in Alabama as severe weather continued to impact the state Monday night.
More than 50,000 people were without power across Alabama as of 1 a.m. Tuesday.
At least seven people are dead from a tornado outbreak across the state. The Lee County Coroner told the Associated Press that a woman died in a car
accident in Tupelo, but the cause of the crash was not yet known. Six people were reported killed in Winston County, including a woman who perished in
a day care center she owned in Louisville, said county Coroner Scott Gregory.
Search and rescue efforts were ongoing into the late evening and overnight hours across the state, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
Around 6:35 local time two large tornadoes were reported in the Jackson metro area, one south and one north, of the downtown Jackson area. According
to the National Weather Service, heavy damage was reported north of Richland, Miss. Damage was also reported in Brandon, Miss., according to the
Brandon Emergency Operations Center.
At about 4:30 p.m. local time, a tornado debris signature was spotted on radar moving toward Louisville. Shortly after that, reports of widespread
damage were relayed by local authorities. Some of that damage included blown out windows and roof damage to the Winston Medical Center. Some 45 people
were injured by the twisters. Four of those are listed in critical condition, including two children, according to Mississippi Emergency Management
Just before 3 p.m. Central time on Monday, Tupelo was placed under a tornado emergency as a large tornado with a debris signature was spotted near the
city. Shortly after the tornado passed through the city, damage photos began to surface showing destruction from the storm. Thirty people were injured
in the tornado, but none of the injuries were life-threatening.
Tupelo mayor Jason Shelton told The Weather Channel that there is heavy damage in parts of the city, especially northern Tupelo. Preliminary surveys
from the National Weather Service indicated that the tornado was at least an EF-2. That could change as surveys continue.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency ahead of the Storm Prediction Center's declaration of a particularly dangerous situation
for parts of the state. Gov. Bryant mobilized the National Guard Monday evening to help aid in relief efforts for all of the areas in Mississippi hit
Nearly 19,00 people were without power across Mississippi at 1:30 am EDT as a result of the deadly storms.
A tornado emergency was issued for Franklin, Lincoln and Moore counties in southern Tennessee after a tornado was spotted at around 8:30 local time.
On Monday night, a powerful tornado hit Lincoln County, damaging homes and an elementary school. Two fatalities were reported to hospital officials in
addition to a number of other minor injuries.
"We're still trying to evaluate the extent of the damage," Melissa Smiley of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office told The Tennessean.
Lincoln County schools will be closed Tuesday due to the storm damage, road conditions and concerns about flooding.
Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency as severe weather rolled into Georgia.
“At this juncture, we’ve declared the emergency for the entire state because it’s impossible to pinpoint where the weather will hit,” Deal
said in a press release. “Georgia is threatened at least through tomorrow and perhaps into Wednesday. We’re prepared now and we’ll be ready for
recovery should we, God forbid, experience tornado damage or flooding.
edit on 29-4-2014 by Havox because: (no reason given)