More than two dozen hurricanes, some fatal, were confirmed in the Deep South on Tuesday and overnight through Wednesday.
In Alabama, Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Christina Thornton confirmed via email to Fox News Digital that a hurricane hit the area just after 3:30 p.m. local time.
“We have confirmed reports that our community lost two lives in an overnight tornado. Many more lives were saved thanks to the heroic efforts of first responders. We pray for our community as we mourn this tragic loss of life,” Thornton said. It was noted that all residences were checked in the early hours of Wednesday.
The National Weather Service’s office in Birmingham, Alabama tweeted that a tornado was confirmed by radar southwest of Tallassee and had previously been near Bolyston.
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In Louisiana, KNOE 8 News reported that Caldwell Parish Sheriff Clay Bennett injured two people after several homes were damaged by a confirmed tornado.
Heavy rain from the storm brought ten-cent hail and a tornado hit homes in Hale County, Alabama.
Additionally, flooding alerts have been issued for parts of southeastern Mississippi and southwestern Alabama.
Videos showed the moment strong winds blew chairs up, and WCBI shared photos of the damage in Mississippi, including a washed-out bridge.
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The NWS also confirmed that hurricanes had hit the ground in this state and received reports of people being stranded at a grocery store in Caledonia.
Cindy Lawrence, director of the emergency management agency for Lowndes County in Mississippi, told WTVA-TV that people in the store managed to escape safely and a family trapped in a house about a mile away escaped.
On Tuesday, some of Mississippi’s public schools closed early, and classes at Mississippi State University switched to distance learning.
More than 41,000 customers were without power in Alabama on Wednesday, and more than 13,000 customers were reported in Mississippi, according to the PowerOutage.US tracker.
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The storm was expected to shift towards the Southeast and East Gulf Coast on Wednesday as the threat of severe weather remained.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.