On Thursday, a tornado struck Alabama, killing one person and injuring eight others. Three individuals are in severe condition, according to Russell Weeden, the Hale County Emergency Management Director, while five others have minor injuries.
The National Weather Service reported a tornado struck Hale County just before 3 p.m. EST. Several additional tornadoes were subsequently recorded throughout the state.
Earlier in the day on Thursday, the NWS issued multiple tornado watches and warnings for significant swaths of the state. It said on Twitter that the storm headed towards Birmingham which has a “history of producing tornadoes.”
The NWS continued to update its advisories as the storm traveled through the state on Thursday afternoon and evening, tweeting, “Take shelter NOW!”
The NWS weather prediction office warned that flash floods and severe weather might affect regions of West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi through Thursday night.
Apart from that, a winter storm is spreading over parts of the United States, bringing ice and snow to a number of states.
NWS tweeted, “While areas from the Southern Plains to the Northeast are seeing impactful winter weather, farther south widespread rain and thunderstorms could cause instances of flash flooding and severe weather across the Southeast. Here’s our Excessive Rainfall Outlook valid through tonight.”