Deadly storms tore through parts of the Southeast late Tuesday and early Wednesday, killing at least three people, injuring several more and devastating homes and businesses.
A tornado blasting through northeast Alabama killed three people in a mobile home and critically injured four children at a daycare center, according to media reports. The Jackson County coroner’s office confirmed the deaths in Rosalie and said there were multiple injuries. Thousands of people were left without power.
The National Weather Service said four children were critically injured when a daycare center in Ider, DeKalb County, was destroyed. Its operators, who live in a nearby mobile home, had sought shelter from the weather in the building.
In Tennessee, Polk County Sheriff Steve Ross told multiple news outlets, including Chattanoogan.com, that there were fatalities, but did not confirmed how many. Authorities were going door to door to check on residents. The Associated Press, citing an emergency official, said two deaths were reported in Tennessee.
The severe weather also caused damage and some injuries in Mississippi.
Destructive storms rushed through parts of northern Alabama Tuesday night, including one that hit Colbert County in the extreme northwest of the state, Weather.com reported.
The storms also brought heavy rain to northwestern Alabama, and in the town of Florence, police asked drivers to avoid several flooded roads, AL.com reported.
According to the National Weather Service and Weather.com, a possible tornado in Noxubee County, Mississippi, trapped people inside a camp house on Ebenezer Church Road. Four homes were reportedly destroyed along that road.
The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings for six communities in northwest Alabama Tuesday night, advising residents to take cover.
The greatest chance for twisters was in northern Mississippi, although portions of Louisiana, Alabama and Tennessee were also under the gun for big storms, according to the Storm Prediction Center.
Damaging winds and large hail was expected to hit those areas.
A tornado was spotted northeast of Jackson, Miss., in late afternoon. The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for Louisiana and Mississippi, where conditions are ripe for twisters to develop, especially through 11 p.m. local time, AccuWeather meteorologist Brian Thompson said.
A few severe storms developed Tuesday afternoon, but there were no confirmed reports of tornadoes as of late afternoon. There were 10 reports of tornadoes Monday in Iowa and Louisiana.