At least two dead after tornado sweeps through Alabama

Tornado stormA severe thunderstorm wall cloud is seen over the area of Canton, Mississippi April 29, 2014. At least 34 people were killed in tornadoes unleashed by a ferocious storm system that razed neighborhoods in the southern United States over the last three days and threatened more destruction in heavily populated parts of the South on Tuesday.Gene Blevins/Reuters

  • At least two people died in a tornado that swept through Lee County Alabama on Sunday.
  • Authorities have added that the number of fatalities may rise as officials clear through debris.
  • Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones told local news that as many as 14 deaths have been confirmed so far.

At least two people died in a tornado that swept through Lee County Alabama on Sunday, the Birmingham News reported, citing coroner Bill Harris.

"We've still got people being pulled out of rubble," he told the newspaper early on Sunday evening. "We're going to be here all night."

Authorities have added that the number of fatalities may rise as officials clear through debris. Lee County Sherrif Jay Jones told local news channel WSFA that as many as 14 deaths have been confirmed so far.

 

Severe weather unleashed one of numerous possible tornadoes that threatened the Southern United States on Sunday afternoon. Tornado warnings and watches were in effect for parts of Georgia and Alabama through Sunday evening.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey warned residents on Twitter that more severe weather might be on the way. She said the state was working to help families who had been impacted by the storms.

"Our hearts go out to those who lost their lives in the storms that hit Lee County today," Ivey wrote on Twitter.

"Praying for their families & everyone whose homes or businesses were affected."

The storm left more than 10,000 customers without power, the Birmingham News said, citing the utility Alabama Power.

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