Deadly winter storms rip through Southern states
Significant damage reported in Alabama
- Duration 5:06
- Date Dec 26, 2012
Significant damage reported in Alabama
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-- -- -- extreme weather alert for you now new warnings for post Christmas travelers as a massive storm makes its way toward the East Coast.
Part a deadly system that ripped through the south and the midwest.
Leaving at least six people dead and this is -- out of Alabama.
But what appears to be a tornado forming.
Several buildings including a church -- -- high school they were severely damaged several car wrecks also reported on the roads but -- that dramatic.
And this this is the scene and aftermath anyway in Mississippi.
You can see serious damage on the ground there today as state of emergency has been declared for eight counties there at least a dozen homes completely destroyed.
And listen to people describe the chaos.
We've got a lot of damage yet people people are.
All and I went out with the skid steer.
We -- of equipment we went out startled and raise.
Hard to vehicles.
And get -- advance.
It's it's -- is definite tornadoes.
We've had several people called and said they saw the damages.
Consistent indicative of -- tornado damage we've had homes that are 90% destroyed.
Doesn't happen went straight win.
-- And according to the National Weather Service at least three tornadoes were reported in -- says.
Busy highways left looking like ghost towns their biggest problem today.
Downed power lines so far the death still has risen as we told you to at least six people.
More than 100000.
Homes in five states including Alabama are living in the dark and joining us now on the phone is -- -- -- August she is with Alabama's emergency management thank you so much for joining us and taking the time.
Thank you had a dramatic bring us up today if you can on what Alabama -- -- area is dealing with right now.
The result of this -- yesterday on December 25 we have about eleven counties reporting damaged in QB Alabama emergency management office of both the level we have three with pretty significant damage of course that would include mobile county -- you -- reference.
Summerville county the hardest hit area that you're that you've experienced so far.
Yes -- it correct now what about injuries and deaths.
So -- -- we're very fortunate to report there are no fatalities to report from that storm we have.
Minor injuries we know there's one significant injury in Pike County but no significant increase in mobile county.
You know I know it was April 2011.
-- there in Alabama went all of those tornadoes ripped through then yes my learning.
What lessons were learned from that that allowed you to prepare or send out notices to people this time around.
Well after that that April storms in 2011 that really how our resident here it's been neat to take that the weather -- You know at Alabama we have to have -- Too severe weather season one in the April in and that frankly that in one during this time of year November December time frank.
So people know at the weather is changing the possibility of severe weather is very high.
Don't -- -- -- be prepared to have a plan they're really putting that into motion and we -- that evident yesterday with a the with a number of injuries being quite low.
Wouldn't say also sent out notices you social media as well and I understand.
Yes we do we use -- media.
Very much kicking -- state and people really appreciate and respond to it until we know they're using it but we try to put anything we can't be a -- media.
So what about residents there tonight tomorrow -- have resident shelters set up for them.
Yet the American Red -- there in mobile right now they have a shelter in place and I understand no one is occupying that shelter but they will keep that open just -- -- -- Everybody have a state and warm place to go what's tonight.
And as we -- -- -- you were looking at pictures of the destruction a lot of downed trees.
I would assume a lot of roadways are still impassable.
What are you doing to let people know where they can go and what they should do.
What a local Madonna really good job of notifying their constituent of the -- that are opening their clothes and I do know they've been working pretty much through.
That night last night and all -- -- today to try to get those roads back open and in the president can move throughout this idiot that you need to.
I'm from the south -- -- there are two areas of time as you mentioned the spraying in and around this time when you see storms like best.
Are you expecting -- more and it whites are you letting your residence -- telling them.
Well right now we're experiencing.
Quite cool temperatures so we're not expecting any more storms not for the the next few days the comp but we're -- our resident -- always be prepared.
Oftentimes we look at you know made a spring season or this the winter -- now that pot where -- have for the weather but we know what can happen any time.
They'll always have in the -- -- receive a weather alert.
Ensures that you and your Bentley will be based in next time something like what happened yesterday maybe -- Ian.
All right -- in the August thank you so much for joining us from Alabama we appreciate it thank you thank you --