A tornado that swept through Alabama has left at least five people dead.
Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade told The Hill that four of the deaths occurred in the town of Ohatchee, while the fifth was in Wellington, Ala.
Earlier in the day, Alabama Gov. Kay IveyKay IveyDozens of Republican governors call for meeting with Biden on border surge President Biden's vaccination plan is constitutional — and necessary Teenage Alabama city councilman who voted against mask mandate tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R) posted a statement on Twitter urging urged “all folks in the path of these tornadoes and storm systems to remain on high alert.”
“Tragically, we are receiving reports of loss of life. I offer my sincerest prayers to all impacted,” Ivey said.
The National Weather Service’s office in Birmingham issued a “tornado emergency” for Shelby and Jefferson counties, CNN reported. The office advised those in its path to take cover immediately.
Police Departments in the Crosscreek community and in Helena both reported damage, CNN noted. In Florence, Ala., police said an officer was struck by lightning while putting out barricades. Officials were able to provide First Aid and transport him to a medical center to receive care.
A FPD Officer was struck by lightning while putting out barricades at the intersection of Chisholm Rd and Gresham Rd. Other Florence Police Officers provided immediate first aid and transported him to NAMC where he is being monitored. He is conscious and responsive at this time. pic.twitter.com/4fcVR0hX6C— Florence Police Dept (@FlorenceALPD) March 25, 2021
NPR reported that the storm has produced multiple tornadoes across central Alabama and has traveled 100 miles thus far. According to a count from NBC News, about 16,000 customers were left without power as of Thursday afternoon.
Ivey on Thursday morning declared a state of emergency for 28 counties due to the tornadoes.
Due to the threat of severe weather, I’m declaring a SOE for 28 counties. I urge all Alabamians to closely monitor the weather system as it continues to impact portions of AL, especially if you are in the line of the highest risk storms. https://t.co/23Eh9MkPYm #alwx #alpolitics pic.twitter.com/GW1yXPWNKL— Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey) March 25, 2021
Updated 9:13 p.m.