US tornadoes: At least nine dead after southern states hit – as tens of thousands of people left without power | US News

At least nine people have died after dozens of tornadoes hit the southern states of Alabama and Georgia in the United States.

There are rescue teams. Working to clear the debris. And look for any survivors in 14 counties in two states, with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reporting at least 35 possible tornadoes.

One of two rural communities in Alabama made a 20-mile (32-kilometer) path Thursday before the weather system made landfall east of Atlanta, Georgia.

Seven people have been killed, at least 12 seriously injured and 40 homes destroyed in Alabama’s Autauga County – with some mobile homes reportedly blown up.

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After the Old Kingston tornado in Autauga County, Alabama. Photo: Jack Crandall/USA TODAY Network/Reuters
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An aerial view of Selma, Alabama. Photo: Kenneth Martin/Reuters

In Selma, a tornado cut a path through the downtown area, toppling brick buildings, uprooting oak trees and throwing cars down the road.

No deaths were reported, but several people were seriously injured, with officials hoping to get an aerial view of the city.

Footage recorded by an employee at an Alabama recycling plant shows workers being pushed back into the building after a large piece of sheet metal crashed into the front.

In Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp said a local government worker died while responding to storm damage, while in Bates County, southeast of Atlanta, a five-year-old child died after falling onto a car in which They were there. The car was in a critical condition.

In Griffin, a tree fell on a funeral home while a ceremony was in progress, with mourners sheltering in offices and restrooms.

Crews work to clear a downed tree in Griffin after a tornado hit the Georgia city.  Photo: AP
Crews work to clear a downed tree in Griffin after a tornado hit the Georgia city. Photo: AP

‘total shock’

“When we came out, we were in total shock,” said Shaw Micah Patterson-Smith, the funeral home’s chief operating officer. “We heard everything, but didn’t know how bad it was.”

It fell straight through the front of the building, destroying a viewing room and a lounge. No one was hurt.

Elsewhere in the city, several people were trapped in a block of flats after a tree fell, while a local craft shop lost part of its roof, and a man had to be cut loose after a tree fell on his house.

According to, tens of thousands of homes and businesses were left without power in the storm’s path.

The storm is likely caused by a combination of the La Nina weather cycle, warming of the Gulf of Mexico, and an increased eastward shift in tornado activity.

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