The images are eloquent and shocking. The force of a tornado devastated everything in its path and a security camera managed to capture the precise moment when destroyed a storage shed in Alabama, United States.
Emergency services worked throughout the early hours of this Friday looking for people trapped after a deadly storm system caused tornadoes in some areas of the southern United States, causing the death of at least seven people and extensive damage to the historic city of selmaAlabama.
confirmed the death of at least six people in Autauga CountyAlabama, located 40 miles northeast of Selma, where a tornado tore through two rural communities for 20 miles, destroying dozens of homes, said Ernie Baggett, the county’s emergency management director.
At least 12 people suffered injuries serious enough to be taken to hospitals by emergency teams, Baggett added to the news agency. Associated Press. He added that crews were cutting downed trees into Thursday night looking for injured people.
Said about 40 houses were destroyed or badly damaged, including several mobile homes that were launched into the air. “They weren’t just shot down by air. They flew some distance,” he indicated.
A more complete picture of the damage was expected to emerge on Friday as crews search for more victims, authorities said.
The National Weather Service said Thursday night tornado damage was reported in at least 14 Alabama counties and five Georgia counties. Early Friday, tens of thousands of customers were without power in both states.
In Selma, a city whose name has been etched in the history of the US civil rights movement, council members gathered on a sidewalk using their cellphone lights to declare a state of emergency.
In Georgia, a passenger died after a tree fell on the vehicle in which he was traveling during a storm in Jackson, Butts County Coroner Lacey Prue said. In that same county, located southeast of Atlanta, the storm caused a train derailment.