Tornado emergency – live: South braces as storm wreaks damage across Alabama

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A tornado emergency has been declared as a violent storm hits southern states.

The National Weather Service issued the warning for parts of Alabama and Mississippi, indicating the presence of tornados that could cause severe destruction or loss of life.

Officials confirmed a tornado in a neighbourhood Birmingham moving northeast, with areas in Shelby and Jefferson counties warned on Twitter to “take cover now!”

Officials confirmed a tornado in a neighbourhood in Birmingham moving northeast, with areas in Shelby and Jefferson counties warned on Twitter to “take cover now!”

Alabama Governor KayIvey earlier issued an emergency declaration for 46 counties as the storm approached, with shelters opened in advance of the wild weather approaching.

Atlanta meteorologist Brad Nitz tweeted around 4 pm that the storm was 22 miles from the Georgia state line and was moving at 50 mph.

The storm was described as a “supercell thunderstorm”, which can last for several hours and drop numerous violent tornados and large hail.

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BREAKING: Tornado emergency declared in Alabama as violent storm hits state

A tornado emergency has been declared in Alabama as a violent storm hits the state. The National Weather Service in Birmingham confirmed the storm on Twitter, writing that the tornado has a “history of producing damage”.

Storm tracker Brandon Copic spoke to The Weather Channel, saying: “It was a violent tornado flinging debris everywhere.”

Justin Vallejo25 March 2021 20:48

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Hello and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of the tornado emergency developing among southern states.

Justin Vallejo25 March 2021 20:48

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