Tornadoes ripped through several southeastern states on Thursday with extensive damage in parts of Alabama and Georgia.
The National Weather Service will continue to assess the damage across Alabama following Thursday’s severe weather.
So far one tornado has been confirmed, an EF-1 with top winds of 104 mph that carved a 30-mile track through northwest Alabama.
The number of tornadoes will almost certainly climb today, with damage assessments scheduled for multiple hard-hit central and south Alabama communities and damage spread across much of the state.
The weather service in Birmingham said it is sending out multiple survey teams across central Alabama today.Areas that will be surveyed include Selma in Dallas County as well as Autauga County, where at least seven people were killed on Thursday.
The weather service also plans to look at damage in Sumter, Greene, Hale and Winston counties. Those areas were all under tornado warnings at some point on Thursday.
Other areas that have reported storm damage are in Tuscaloosa, Perry, Bibb, Elmore, Coosa, Tallapoosa, Chambers and Barbour counties.
South Alabama had its share of storm damage as well. The National Weather Service in Mobile said two teams will assess damage in northern Mobile County as well as Conecuh and Crenshaw counties.
Included in the death toll is a 5-year-old.
BREAKING NEWS: We can confirm a 5-year-old was killed after a tree fell on a vehicle in Butts County. An adult was taken to the hospital with serious injuries @FOX5Atlanta
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