In parts of the South, communities are taking stock of damage to homes and businesses across several states from severe storms Wednesday, with the greatest damage reported in Alabama and Mississippi.
“This area is a disaster,” Ramond Barren, the injured woman’s brother, told WALA. “There’s trees down. It tore up two cars in the backyard.” Several other reports of tornadoes and damaged homes were made in other southwestern parts of the state.
In west-central Alabama, two tornado reports were made south of Tuscaloosa, where storms damaged at least 37 homes in the towns of Moundville and Akron in Hale County, according to county emergency manager Russ Weeden.
A confirmed “large and extremely dangerous” tornado had been spotted near Shelton State Community College just south of Tuscaloosa at 2:45 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama. Storms damaged homes and blew out cars’ windshields
A possible tornado that touched down in Wayne County in eastern Mississippi damaged two homes and left roads blocked due to debris, according to Angela Atchison of Wayne County Emergency Management. No injuries have been reported.
Thursday’s greatest storm threats shift to the Carolinas
The greatest risk for severe weather Thursday — level 3 out of 5 — exists in most of coastal Georgia and eastern portions of South and North Carolina. That includes the Savannah, Myrtle Beach, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham and Fayetteville areas.
Tornadoes, some of which could be intense, will be of concern along with damaging winds and large hail, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said. Storms also are expected in the Florida Panhandle, moving into central Florida through the early evening hours.
The Storm Prediction Center earlier said parts of the Carolinas were under a level 4 risk for severe weather Thursday, but the risk assessment for those areas was downgraded.
Schools and vaccine centers prepare for storms
“Our first concern is the safety of the staff and patients at these outdoor sites,” said Chris Stallings, GEMA/HS Director. “We are asking for the public’s cooperation as we adjust the schedules, and want to assure those with an appointment that they will be rescheduled quickly if necessary.”
CNN’s Kay Jones and Brandon Miller contributed to this report.