Alabama tornado: 14 dead as severe weather hits

Numerous tornado warnings were posted across parts of Alabama and Georgia on Sunday as a severe storm system churned across the Deep South

After the 2011 outbreak, which spawned more than 60 tornadoes in Alabama and led to more than 230 fatalities in the state, some communities ordered upgrades to storm shelters, and residents became extraordinarily sensitive about even the threat of poor weather.

The weather service in Tallahassee also issued multiple tornado warnings for southeast Alabama counties on Sunday.

The National Weather Service announced just before 5 p.m. they would be sending out three survey teams on Monday to survey the damage from the Lee County tornado, as well as tornadoes in Autauga, Macon, and Barbour Counties.

"Please be careful tomorrow, we could see downed trees, localized flooding and even the chance of a brief tornado spin up". He said the apparent twister travelled straight down a key local artery, Highway 51, and that the path of damage and destruction appeared at least a half mile wide.

The first tornado watches were issued around noon, but were expected to remain in place for parts of Georgia and SC through 11 p.m. ET Sunday, Norman said.

No deaths had been reported Sunday evening from storm-damaged Alabama counties outside Lee County, said Gregory Robinson, spokesman for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.

The National Weather Service said it had confirmed a tornado by radar that toppled trees in a Florida Panhandle county, halting traffic on a stretch of Interstate 10 in one direction because of debris.

EMA officials said they are still assessing the damage and injuries in the Beauregard area and lots of first responders are on the scene.

Televised news footage showed smashed buildings with rooftops blown away, cars overturned and debris everywhere.

Six people suffered injuries, with the most severe being a possible broken leg, she said.

That same storm later tracked into Georgia, leading to Tornado Warnings and damage in Muscogee and Harris counties.

A Tornado Watch is in effect until 6 p.m.

Stay with News4Jax for frequent updates on developing storms. The tornado watch also covered a large area of SC, including the cities of Charleston and Columbia.

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