A storm system that spread snow, sleet and freezing rain widely across the nation's midsection is headed toward the densely populated Eastern seaboard promising more of the same.More >>
A powerful storm that crept across the country dropped snow, freezing rain and sleet on the Mid-Atlantic region and headed northeast Sunday, turning NFL playing fields in Pennsylvania into winter wonderlands, dumping a...More >>
By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer As college football prepares for the final Bowl Championship Series, featuring a Florida State-Auburn championship game, it's easy to see why the...More >>
By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer As college football prepares for the final Bowl Championship Series, featuring a Florida State-Auburn championship game, it's easy to see why the coming...More >>
Images of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle have been removed from an official state TV documentary, a disappearing act that appears to lend credence to Seoul's claim that Pyongyang's second most...More >>
North Korea announced Monday that it has purged leader Kim Jong Un's uncle, considered the country's second most powerful official, accusing him of corruption, drug use, gambling, womanizing and generally leading a...More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 9:32 PM EST2013-12-09 02:32:27 GMT
The Montgomery Zoo confirmed that one of its Tigers escaped into another animal's pen Sunday. Standard procedure for an animal getting out of its designated area calls for the zoo to go into lockdown.More >>
The Montgomery Zoo confirmed that one of its Tigers escaped into another animal's pen Sunday.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 9:29 PM EST2013-12-09 02:29:46 GMT
The 2014 Bowl Championship Series pairings are official and the Auburn Tigers are headed to Pasadena to play in the national championship against No. 1 Florida State. The Tigers came in at No. 2 in theMore >>
The 2014 Bowl Championship Series pairings are official and the Auburn Tigers are headed to Pasadena to play in the national championship against No. 1 Florida State. More >>
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
Friday was a hectic weather day for many states, and Alabama didn't escape the wrath. Nationally, at least 28 people are confirmed dead. There are also numerous homes and businesses destroyed or damaged.
In our area, much of the severe weather rolled through late into the evening. Because of that, determining the extent of the damage is a slow process.
Two survey teams of National Weather Service meteorologists will conduct damage assessments in southern Alabama today to assess the extent of the damage.
These two teams will travel along the path of a long-lived supercell that may have caused damage from Marengo County through Chambers.
Surveys may also be required over the next several days as times and personnel permit.
The storms were fatal, however.
The Tallapoosa Sheriff's Department reports at least one person dead and two others injured at a house along Hwy 49. This is in the Dadeville/Jackson's Gap area. Search and rescue efforts are under way.
In Dadeville there are also reports of heavy damage around Eagle Creek as well as the Elder and Buttston communities. Rescue personnel are also on the scene at damage in the River Oaks subdivision between Alex City and Dadeville. Specifics are not yet available
In Chilton County, the Emergency Management Agency is reporting at least six homes destroyed or damaged in Verbena and Rockford. There are no reports of fatalities at this time. [MORE: WBRC(video) | Clanton Advertiser]
Alabama Power is estimating 430 in Alexander City, 600 in Clanton and 1,000 in Dadeville without power at this time.
Our crews are working to confirm as much information as possible, and we're planning LIVE weather cut-ins throughout the Today Show. Immediately following Today we'll air a special, one-hour edition of Today in Alabama to update you on any developments relating to damage/fatalities or eyewitness accounts.
As daybreak appears, our meteorologists expect to learn of significant damage from a storm that, for over three hours, produced what is believed to be a long-track tornado that moved from Dallas County all the way across the state and over the Georgia line.
Also among the damaged structures was the Limestone Correctional Facility, housing more than 2,100 inmates. Authorities were quick to say that all inmates were accounted for. One bloodhound was reported missing.
The death toll from Friday's storms continues to rise from states like Indiana and Kentucky. Southern Indiana was one of the hardest hit areas, with storms claiming 14 lives so far. One town in Indiana was said to be "completely gone".