Five killed as tornadoes sweep US’s Alabama

Sun Online Desk

26th March, 2021 10:02:51 printer

Five killed as tornadoes sweep US’s Alabama


At least five people have been killed in Alabama, as tornadoes continue to batter the southern US state.

"Tragically, we are receiving reports of loss of life," Governor Kay Ivey said. She urged residents to be on high alert.

The five deaths were in the small town of Oatchee in Calhoun County, the local emergency agency said, as the storm damaged houses and uprooted trees.

The tornadoes later hit Chilton County and were nearing Shelby Country.

In 2019, more than 20 people - including three children - died after two tornadoes caused extensive damage to buildings and roads in eastern Alabama.

First Lady Jill Biden has cancelled a planned trip to the state with actress Jennifer Garner due to the storms. Mrs Biden had been due to be in Birmingham to discuss the benefits of the newly-passed Covid relief package.