At least seven people were killed Thursday when tornadoes ripped through Alabama and Georgia in the southeastern United States, local authorities said.
Six people have died in Ouaga County, central Alabama, Deputy Director of Local Emergency Services Gary Weaver confirmed to AFP Thursday.
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A six-year-old died in Butts County, Georgia, about 90 miles south of Atlanta, after a tree fell on the car he was in, local media reported and confirmed afterward. State Governor Brian Kemp.
“This tragedy has gripped our entire family,” Kemp wrote in a tweet.
At least 45 tornadoes crossed the Southeast on Thursday, according to a preliminary report from the US Storm Prediction Center (SPC).
A state of emergency has been declared in Georgia and in some counties in Alabama.
The city of Selma, located in Dallas County, which has been affected by the emergency, has been particularly “severely affected,” according to the services of the city’s mayor, James Perkins, who called on residents to avoid moving Thursday and stay away from the city. Power lines were downed.
“Teams will be sent from the city as soon as possible to clean up,” the municipality added on Facebook.
Tornadoes are as impressive an atmospheric phenomenon as they are difficult to predict, and they are relatively common in the United States, especially in the central and southern parts of the country.
However, it is sometimes destructive.
The southern United States was already bereaved at the end of November during the passage of 36 tornadoes that claimed two lives in Alabama while in December 2021, about 80 people lost their lives after the passage of several tornadoes in Kentucky.
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