A MASSIVE tornado swept Alabama on March 26 ravaging through homes and power lines.
The 135mph natural disaster also swept through metro Atlanta’s Coweta County around midnight, which prompted a tornado emergency for the city of Newnan and surrounding areas.
How many people died in the tornado in Alabama?
The strength of the tornado was so powerful that it was felt in other surrounding states near Alabama.
In addition to the deaths, there were downed power lines and trees, and several damaged businesses.
Newnan town police were urging residents of the town to stay off the streets via Facebook posts as emergency officials were surveying the damage.
Newnan Utilities said the storm knocked out its phone and internet services but that they were “fully aware of downed lines, gas leaks and many impassable roads.”
Who were the victims of the tornado in Alabama?
The five victims who died due to the tornado were identified as: James William Geno, 72, Joe Wayne Harris, 74, Ebonique Harris, 38, Barbara Harris, 69, and Emily Myra Wilborn, 72.
According to the coroner, four of the victims lived in Ohatchee county, including a family of three who were in a wooden home and a man who was in a trailer home.
A fifth person was killed in a trailer home in the Wellington area.
Additionally, many residents were also displaced following storm damage to their homes, a press release indicated.
Is there a storm watch in Alabama?
Authorities have warned of more “violent” twisters and dangerous storms for millions in the South, which will only add to the unimaginable devastation already caused.
At least 50 million people remain at risk throughout the South amid a lingering threat of “violent” and “long-track” twisters, which have hatched from early spring “super cell” storms.
It means winds could reach 166mph or higher and the twisters could be on the ground for 25 miles or more as the National Weather Service warned people to “take cover” immediately, citing a “dangerous situation.”
Alabama resident Cesar Villasenor recorded his horrifying encounter with one of a deadly string of tornados battering the state as he and his boss struggled to drive home in Pelham.
As they rushed to get back, rain began pelting the van, with strong gale force winds blowing debris down the street and uprooting trees.
The 22-year-old said he feared for his life as the powerful twister took hold, reports the Mail.
“My reaction, I was like, this is probably it,” he said.
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“I’m probably dead.
“At one point the van was shaking really bad to the point that I thought it was likely to flip over.
“I was just shaking. I couldn’t control my hands.”