Severe weather outbreak spawns tornadoes in the Southeast

Deadly severe storms raced through the Southeast on Thursday, Jan. 12 spawning tornadoes across the region.

The Associated Press reports that more than four people were killed from Thursday’s storms.

What You Need To Know

  • Severe weather raced through the Southeast, spawning several tornadoes
  • Storms killed multiple people in Alabama
  • The NWS confirmed tornadoes in Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky
  • Storms will fall apart as they reach the Atlantic

From Alabama to Kentucky to the Carolinas, at least eight states dealt with nasty weather.

A preliminary report from the National Weather Service says Thursday’s severe weather outbreak spawned over 30 tornadoes. 

A tornado in Alabama

Selma, Alabama, was one area hardest hit by the fierce storms. The NWS confirmed a tornado ripped through the area, causing destruction in its path.

Look at this video from the area.

The tornado ripped the roof off of homes and uprooted trees through parts of the state. 

A damaged home is seen in the aftermath of severe weather, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, near Prattville, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has issued to a state of emergency for six counties in the state due to storm damage.

Meteorologists say it will take many days to survey the damage.

Severe weather moves into Georgia

The same storm system has also placed Georgia under a threat of Tornado Watches and Severe Thunderstorms warnings.

A line of severe storms crossed parts of Georgia, including the Atlanta metro area, bringing damaging winds, localized flooding and tornadoes.

Strong winds damaged a warehouse complex in Austell, GA. Look at this photo from the Cobb County Government Office.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has also declared a state of emergency because of Thursday’s storms.

Before causing damage in Alabama and Georgia, the NWS confirmed at least three tornadoes in Kentucky.

Storm activity for the Southeast should wrap up by Thursday and fall apart as they reach the Atlantic Ocean. 

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