Killed, Power Outage As Tornadoes Hit US' Alabama

Killed, Power Outage As Tornadoes Hit US' Alabama”

"Tragically, we are receiving reports of loss of life".

After sharing the news with viewers, Spann put his personal problems aside to warn residents of the tornadoes path.

Officials said unsafe weather was expected to continue through the night.

Police respond to a downed tree across 1st Ave W on a day of extended severe weather, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Helena, Ala. "The most persistent/intense supercells will be capable of producing strong to violent tornadoes, along with very large hail and substantial damaging winds".

TheNational Weather Service (NWS) office in Birmingham issued a "tornado emergency" for areas just south and east of the city.

A firefighter surveys damage to a house after a tornado touches down south of Birmingham, Ala., in the Eagle Point community damaging multiple homes Thursday, March 25, 2021.

For the second time this month, the Storm Prediction Center issued a high risk of severe weather in the South. "We are expecting destructive winds, strong tornadoes, large hail, and flash flooding across our entire area, despite the location of the 'High Risk'".

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Spann's colleague, ABC 33/40 meteorologist Taylor Sarallo, then took over the broadcast when Alabama's preeminent meteorologist heard the grim news.

The risk remained in place Thursday evening, authorities said around 4 p.m.

Some of the major metropolitan areas in the path of Thursday's storms include Memphis and Nashville in Tennessee; and Birmingham and Huntsville in Alabama.

"Thinking of everyone in Alabama and all of those impacted by the severe weather across the South tonight", she tweeted Thursday night.

The storms were forecast to hit primarily during the afternoon and early evening, and some could potentially occur after dark.

Others were injured and thousands lost power from the powerful tornadoes, part of a series of storms that roared through the South.

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