At least nine people, including a 5-year-old child, have been killed in the United States after dozens of tornadoes lashed the southern states of Alabama and Georgia.
rescue team is effort to remove debris And to find any survivors in 14 counties in both states, where the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has reported at least 35 possible tornadoes.
A man cut a 20-mile (32-kilometer) road through two rural Alabama communities Thursday before the weather system tracked east to Atlanta, Georgia.
In Otoga County, Alabama, seven people were killed, at least 12 were seriously injured, and 40 homes were destroyed — some mobile homes were reportedly blown up.
In Selma, a tornado cut a road through the downtown area, toppling brick buildings, uprooting oak trees and throwing cars on the road.
No deaths were reported there, but several people were seriously injured, and officials hoped to get a bird’s-eye view of the city.
A video recorded by an employee at a recycling plant in Alabama shows workers being pushed back inside the building after a large sheet of metal hit the front of the building.
In Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp said a local government worker was killed while responding to damage from the storm, while in Butters County, southeast of Atlanta, a 5-year-old was killed in a car accident. They died after a tree fell on top of the car they were traveling in. An adult in the car is in critical condition.
In Griffin, a tree fell while the funeral was in progress, causing mourners to take refuge in offices and toilets.
“When we came out, we were in complete shock,” said Sha-Meeka Peterson-Smith, the funeral home’s chief operating officer. “We heard everything but didn’t know how bad it was.”
It fell directly from the building’s facade, destroying a viewing room and a lounge. No one is hurt.
Elsewhere in the city, several people were trapped in an apartment building after trees fell, while a local craft store had its roof partially destroyed and a man had to be rescued after a tree fell on his home .
According to PowerOutage.us, tens of thousands of homes and businesses were without power in the storm’s path.
The cause of the storm is likely a combination of the La Niña weather cycle, warming in the Gulf of Mexico, and an increased eastward shift in tornado activity.