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Tornadoes and Storms Strike the South, Leaving Two Dead and Thousands Without Power

Tornadoes and Storms Strike the South, Leaving Two Dead and Thousands Without Power

A series of tornadoes and storms swept across the southern United States, resulting in the tragic loss of two lives and leaving thousands without power. 

The storm system forced residents in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama to seek shelter late Tuesday and overnight, putting millions at risk.

The victims, a 39-year-old mother and her 8-year-old son were killed when strong winds struck their mobile home in Flatwood, a small community north of Montgomery, Alabama .

 A 51-year-old man was critically injured and is currently hospitalized.

Christina Thornton, Director of the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency, praised the efforts of first responders, whose heroic actions saved many lives. 

She also extended condolences to the community for the tragic loss of life.

The National Weather Service confirmed that the tornado was an EF-2, with estimated peak winds of 120 mph. The tornado carved a path of nearly 10 miles with a maximum width of 650 yards.

The storms caused significant power outages, affecting over 38,000 people in Alabama, nearly 6,000 in Georgia, and more than 6,600 in Mississippi. Power was restored for most later in the day.

As the storm system moved across the Southeast, tornado sirens warned residents of the impending danger. 

Tornado warnings were issued Tuesday afternoon and continued overnight as heavy thunderstorms passed from eastern Texas to Georgia, reaching as far north as Indiana.

The National Weather Service confirmed tornadoes had touched down in Mississippi on Tuesday, and radar confirmed tornadoes in Alabama.

The Southeast is grappling with the aftermath of these severe storms. Our thoughts are with those affected during this difficult time.


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