Bowlers Shelter in Back of Georgia Bowling Alley as Tornado Reported

Minnie Murray
March 4, 2019

That same storm later tracked into Georgia, leading to Tornado Warnings and damage in Muscogee and Harris counties.

The National Weather Service says at least a dozen tornadoes touched down across Alabama and Georgia Sunday afternoon.

Chief Byron Prather of the Opelika Fire Department told the television station WSFA 12 that several mobile homes and houses were destroyed in Lee County.

The teams will send in periodic reports on their progress.

Meteorologist Meredith Wyatt said video and radar showed a possible tornado hitting near Smith's Station, Alabama, on Sunday afternoon.

The first tornado watches were issued around noon, but were expected to remain in place for parts of Georgia and SC through 11 p.m. ET Sunday, Norman said.

More than 10 people were confirmed dead, and "many, many" injured when an apparent large tornado destroyed several homes in a southeast Alabama community Sunday, according to officials.

One will head to Butler County and the other to Washington County. Trees all around had been snapped bare of branches.

"We've got about 150 first responders out there", Smith told The Associated Press by phone.

"The challenge is the sheer volume of the debris where all the homes were located", Sheriff Jay Jones said in an interview with CNN. "We're going to be here all night". "From what I understand it was minor injuries, though one fellow did say his leg might be broken".

Shortly after that, a separate storm caused damage in Peach and Crawford counties, just west of Macon.

The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado while surveying damage Saturday north of Abbeville from a severe thunderstorm. "And when you have a mature line of storms moving into an area where low level winds are very strong, you tend to have tornadoes developing".

The agency issued a tornado watch for parts of eastern Georgia, including Augusta, Athens and Savannah, and the cities of Charleston and Columbia in SC until 11 p.m. The tornado watch also covers a large area of SC, including the cities of Charleston and Columbia.

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