A day after a series of tornadoes caused widespread damage, injuries and fatalities in the Deep South, reports continue to roll in of the storm’s impacts while tornado warnings and watches persist.
Tornado watches and warnings continued into Tuesday morning, with many regions in in central Alabama under a tornado warning and portions of southern Alabama, southern Georgia and the panhandle of Florida under a tornado watch.
A slew of more than 70 tornado warnings were in effect across Louisiana and Mississippi by midday Monday as a violent outbreak of severe weather ignited across the region sparking 33 tornado reports.
Many towns are left with impassable roads, snapped trees, damaged homes, and debris mangled in trees. The full scope of the damage won’t be finalized until the National Weather Service (NWS) survey teams conclude their post-disaster analysis.
An EF2 tornado has already been confirmed from the community of Salt Well in Marengo County, Alabama. Two mobile homes and three injuries were reported at this location.
One tornado traveled more than 60 miles across central Louisiana, first touching down near DeRidder and continuing on the ground through Alexandria, according to the NWS.
AccuWeather Reporter Bill Wadell spoke with the mayor of the town, Jeffrey Hall, on the AccuWeather Network Tuesday to get the latest on the storm recovery.
“It’s just amazing that so many people were here and went unhurt. We’re thankful to the almighty for that,” Hall said. He added that there are more highly populated areas that were spared from the tornado’s wrath and officials were “thankful for that” as well.
Hall also credited the residents’ ability to follow the proper safety measures and take cover when the dangerous storm was bearing down.