Several powerful tornadoes tore through northern Alabama on Thursday (March 25), killing at least five people, injuring dozens of others while destroying entire neighborhoods.
Drone footage captured on Friday (March 26) in parts of the state capital, Birmingham, showed houses with roofs sheared off, leaving entire floors of homes exposed to the elements.
According to the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency, the five confirmed fatalities were in Ohatchee, a town of about 1,200 people in the northwestern corner of the state where a twister ripped apart homes and downed trees and power lines.
Rescue crews were tending to injured survivors and searching for additional victims, the agency said.
At least two storms produced long tracking, violent tornadoes that swept across about 100 miles of Alabama on Thursday afternoon, said Chris Darden, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Birmingham.
According to the White House, First Lady Jill Biden cancelled a trip to Alabama with actress Jennifer Garner that had been planned for Friday to promote President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief plans.
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