At least 14 dead as storms, possible tornados hit Deep South

At least 14 dead as storms, possible tornados hit Deep South

At least 14 dead as storms, possible tornados hit Deep South

Most of the damage was reported near Beauregard, and there were two confirmed fatalities in that area.

The TV station also reported that the Lee County coroner confirmed multiple fatalities. She said numerous homes were destroyed or damaged in Beauregard, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) east of Montgomery.

"Please be careful tomorrow, we could see downed trees, localized flooding and even the chance of a brief tornado spin up".

- At least 14 people died, a number of others were hurt, and widespread damage resulted from a powerful storm system that blew through Alabama and Georgia Sunday.

She said it was unclear how many tornadoes touched down but said the service issued at least six warnings on Sunday afternoon.

The tornadoes struck Lee County on Sunday afternoon, according to the Lee County sheriff. Pieces of metal debris and tree branches littered the roadside.

The deaths and injuries occurred in the community of Beauregard in Lee County, an area in the eastern part of the state near the Georgia line, Rita Smith with the Lee County Emergency Management Agency told The Associated Press. In other areas, such as Peach and Crawford, the storms left significant damage behind, including downed trees and damaged buildings. "We're going to be here all night".

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"We've still got people being pulled out of rubble", he told the Birmingham News newspaper.

"The challenge is the sheer volume of the debris where all the homes were located", Jones said in an interview with CNN. Those injuries were described as minor.

Authorities said a tornado was confirmed by radar in the Florida Panhandle.

It's possible that we could have a few strong to severe storms today, but the greatest risk for severe weather is to our north and east.

Stay with News4Jax for frequent updates on developing storms.

Tornado watches were in effect in parts of Alabama and in Georgia on Sunday evening.

Anyone in an area under tornado watch is told to "take safety precautions immediately", the South Carolina Emergency Management Division posted on Facebook.

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