tornadoes kill at least seven in the Southeast

At least seven people were killed Thursday, January 12, when tornadoes passed through the states of Alabama and Georgia, in the southeastern United States, local authorities reported. Six people have died in Autauga County, central Alabama, local emergency services deputy director Gary Weaver confirmed to Agence France-Presse on Thursday.

A 6-year-old child died in Butts County, Georgia, some 80 miles south of Atlanta, when a tree fell on the car he was riding in, news reports local. Information that has been confirmed by the governor of the state, Brian Kemp: “Our whole family is heartbroken by this tragedy”he reacted on Twitter.

At least forty-five tornadoes crossed the southeast of the country on Thursday, according to a preliminary report from the Storm Prediction Center, the center for forecasting storms. A state of emergency has been declared in Georgia and some counties in Alabama.

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The state of emergency town of Selma in Dallas County has suffered“significant damage”according to municipal services, which had called on residents not to move on Thursday and to stay away from downed power lines. “City teams will be sent as soon as possible to clean up”had added the municipality on Facebook.

Tornadoes, a meteorological phenomenon as impressive as they are difficult to predict, are relatively common in the United States, especially in the center and south of the country. Thus the South had already been bereaved at the end of November during the passage of thirty-six tornadoes which had caused the death of two people in Alabama; in December 2021, about eighty people had lost their lives after several tornadoes passed through Kentucky.

The World with AFP

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