Powerful storms in Alabama kill threeBy Rebecca Rakowitz | 11/30/2016 11:18pm
Powerful storms tore through much of Alabama late Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning and proved to be fatal. Three people in a mobile home in northeast Alabama were killed by a possible tornado near County Road 659 and Highway 71 near Jackson County.
Three or four children and several adults were also injured, some critically, after a daycare center in DeKalb County collapsed during the storm. According to DeKalb County officials, those in the center lived in mobile homes and had been seeking shelter in the day care center.
Many towns reported other injuries as well as extensive home damage including blown-off roofs, torn-down fences and carports, and instances of complete structural collapse. Trees and power lines were also knocked down in many places.
Alabama Power stated that as of 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, there were 2,400 outages statewide, the vast majority of which were in west Alabama. The company warned that the number of outages could increase as storms move.
As the possibility of severe weather continues, members of The University of Alabama community are reminded to monitor the weather, that emergency notifications will be sent through emails, calls and texts, via social and news media, over PA systems and more. They are also encouraged to be familiar with the University’s Severe Weather Guidelines which can be found at ready.ua.edu/severe-weather-guidelines.