Fatalities reported from northeast Alabama tornado

Heavy storm damage in Alabaster Alabama

On Thursday, reports said five people died as a result of one of the multiple tornadoes that touched down in Calhoun County, Alabama. Authorities reported major tornado damage south of Birmingham as strong storms moved through the state.

ABC 33/40 meteorologist James Spann shared this picture of the damage in his backyard caused by a tornado from Thursday's storms.

'Tragically, we are receiving reports of loss of life.

The National Weather Service warned that a large severe-weather cell would continue battering Alabama and small portions of neighbouring states with high-velocity winds, hail and tornadoes.

About 50 million people were in the path of severe weather, the Storm Prediction Center said. Unfortunately, the day is not over yet.

A tornado warning has since been lifted, but forecasters said they were still possible into the evening across all of northern Alabama and southern middle Tennessee.

A total of seven tornadoes have been reported in Alabama so far, the NWS said.

They had been in the area deploying barricades amid a flash flood warning expected to expire at 5:45 p.m. CDT, authorities said.

Those areas have a level 5 out of 5 "high risk" of severe thunderstorms, with the potential to yield damaging winds up to 80 miles per hour.

© Butch Dill, AP Damage is seen to a home after a tornado passed through the Eagle Point subdivision, Thursday, March 25, 2021, near Birmingham, Alabama.

A tornado outbreak is expected today into early this evening across parts of the Southeast northward into Tennessee.

Some schools in the South closed or switched to virtual learning Thursday as severe weather threatened.

According to the weather service, Centreville and Brent also remain in the path of this risky storm.



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