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'Significant damage' in Alabama after storms hit Southeast

Severe storms smacked the Southeast Monday, bringing possible tornadoes, powerful winds and hailstones the size of ba...

Posted: Mar 20, 2018 12:11 PM
Updated: Mar 20, 2018 12:11 PM

Severe storms smacked the Southeast Monday, bringing possible tornadoes, powerful winds and hailstones the size of baseballs.

The damaging weather struck right before Tuesday, which is the first day of spring.

"There has been significant damage tonight in parts of Alabama," Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement late Monday.

Possible tornadoes were reported to have torn apart homes, shredded buildings and knocked down power lines and trees.

"We are sending state resources to those affected areas, especially to Jacksonville and Calhoun County," Ivey said. "We will continue to monitor and respond to needs in other areas as needed."

In Jacksonville, Alabama, at least one person was injured after a possible tornado touched down on Monday. There are people trapped in the downed debris, and crews are searching for them, said Chris Roberts, assistant fire chief with Jacksonville Fire Department.

The storm also damaged the roofs of two residence halls and the sports coliseum at Jacksonville State University, which has about 8,500 students.

The college is on spring break this week, but campus police are going room to room at campus apartments and halls to check on any students who may have still been there when the storm hit, said Buffy Lockette, spokesperson for Jacksonville State University. She said there weren't any confirmed injuries as of late Monday.

Also in Alabama, the National Weather Service said that "a large and extremely dangerous" tornado had developed near Russellville.

Tracy Bragwell, who lives southwest of Russellville, said the storm ripped the metal roof off of his parents' home, damaged some trees and their carport. He posted a video of the damage to Facebook.

Bragwell, his wife, son and his parents went to his storm shelter about 10 minutes before the storm hit, he said. As they sheltered there for about an hour, the wind "sounded like a roaring train coming through," he said.

In Ardmore, Alabama, the storm collapsed roofs and entire homes.

Large hail pelted down in parts of the state, shattering car windows and hammering vehicles. Alabama Rep. Robert Aderholt tweeted a picture of the massive hail Monday.

Severe weather was expected to continue overnight, but Tuesday will mostly see a wind threat, CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward said.

Northwest and central parts of Georgia remain under tornado watch until 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Nor'easter

As if there hadn't been enough nor'easters already, the mid-Atlantic and New England will brace for the fourth such storm to hit the region in less than three weeks.

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Forecast models are saying the low pressure system could move toward the coast, which would bring snow to Washington, DC, New York City, Boston, and possibly Portland, Maine, said CNN meteorologist Haley Brink.

Snowfall is more likely in portions of New Jersey, the New York City area, and southern New England Tuesday night into Wednesday, according to NWS. Boston could get 2-4 inches of snow and 3-6 inches could fall on Washington, DC, Brink said.

The system's exact path is still uncertain. At this point, the question is whether the system will continue east toward the coast or travel north. If it veers north, there will be significant snow in New England, but if it goes eastward, it'll mean less snow for the region.

Southern California

Santa Barbara County officials have issued a mandatory evacuation order for high-risk debris flow areas ahead of a midweek storm in California.

"We have no choice but do to this," said Santa Barbara Sheriff Bill Brown. "It's not worth risking lives to avoid evacuation."

Because of the recent burn scars from recent fires in the area, flash flooding remains a major concern. The storm may cause severe flooding and mudflow, according to Rob Lewin, director of the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management.

The evacuation is effective Tuesday at 12 p.m. Pacific Standard Time for burn areas near the Thomas, Sherpa and Whittier fires. Those in affected areas have until 5 p.m. PST Tuesday to evacuate, Brown said.

The National Weather Service predicts between 5 and 10 inches of rain in the foothills and mountains, reaching between half an inch to three-quarters of an inch per hour.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 501097

Reported Deaths: 9990
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34338538
DeSoto32117403
Hinds31939628
Jackson24494382
Rankin21995390
Lee15543235
Madison14581280
Jones13851242
Forrest13453251
Lauderdale11991317
Lowndes11050188
Lamar10521135
Pearl River9533237
Lafayette8550140
Hancock7732127
Washington7438158
Oktibbeha7146131
Monroe6777177
Warren6694176
Pontotoc6664102
Neshoba6637206
Panola6531131
Marshall6467134
Bolivar6317148
Union602894
Pike5820152
Alcorn5669101
Lincoln5436135
George496879
Scott472898
Tippah469281
Prentiss467281
Leflore4658144
Itawamba4636105
Tate4588111
Adams4587119
Copiah448592
Simpson4446116
Yazoo444187
Wayne439772
Covington428894
Sunflower4239105
Marion4226108
Coahoma4160105
Leake408288
Newton381779
Grenada3707108
Stone360364
Tishomingo359792
Attala331589
Jasper329965
Winston314291
Clay308076
Chickasaw300367
Clarke292494
Calhoun279446
Holmes267987
Smith264050
Yalobusha234047
Tallahatchie228051
Greene219348
Walthall218763
Lawrence212940
Perry205556
Amite205156
Webster202946
Noxubee186740
Montgomery179656
Jefferson Davis171743
Carroll169138
Tunica159839
Benton148838
Kemper141941
Choctaw133426
Claiborne132737
Humphreys129538
Franklin120228
Quitman106428
Wilkinson105139
Jefferson94534
Sharkey64120
Issaquena1937
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 819597

Reported Deaths: 15406
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1147901924
Mobile725791338
Madison52306697
Shelby37597350
Baldwin37245552
Tuscaloosa35101612
Montgomery34106740
Lee23526246
Calhoun22225488
Morgan20941378
Etowah19825500
Marshall18361304
Houston17384412
St. Clair16054339
Cullman15443293
Limestone15343199
Elmore15241286
Lauderdale14302295
Talladega13836283
DeKalb12649261
Walker11202370
Blount10192176
Autauga10043148
Jackson9871184
Coffee9210191
Dale8897185
Colbert8860201
Tallapoosa7084198
Escambia6772134
Covington6712183
Chilton6641162
Russell636659
Franklin5959105
Chambers5607142
Marion5005127
Dallas4973200
Pike4795106
Clarke475584
Geneva4571127
Winston4516103
Lawrence4321117
Bibb425186
Barbour357776
Marengo338090
Monroe331464
Randolph329764
Butler326396
Pickens316284
Henry312666
Hale311388
Cherokee302860
Fayette292880
Washington251551
Cleburne247760
Crenshaw245275
Clay243368
Macon234663
Lamar224147
Conecuh186153
Coosa180240
Lowndes175164
Wilcox168839
Bullock151644
Perry138840
Sumter133038
Greene126744
Choctaw88527
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