Saturday, January 28, 2023

Tornadoes destroy homes in southern US

WETUMPKA, Ala. ( Associated Press) – A tornado destroyed several homes and a fire station, trapped a group of people in a grocery store and tore the roof off a residential building in Mississippi, killing two people. Alabama, officials said Wednesday.

The National Weather Service warned of the potential for strong tornadoes capable of destroying towns as the storm front moved eastward from Texas. Driven by unusually high temperatures, they threaten swaths of the United States, home to more than 25 million people.

Forecasters said there remains a “threat of supercells capable of causing all kinds of severe hazards” near the Gulf of Mexico coast in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, 73 broadcasts were issued. Tornado warnings and 120 severe thunderstorm warnings, said meteorologist Matthew Elliott of the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

Two people died in the town of Flatwood, north of Montgomery, Alabama. “They were in their mobile home when a tree downed by a tornado fell on it,” said Christina Thornton, director of the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency.

Thornton said other people in the area were also injured. A nearby church served as a shelter for those affected.

In the western Alabama city of Utah, video from WBMA television showed the roof of a residential building partially torn off, forcing 15 families to leave in the middle of the night.

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