Two dead after tornadoes touch down near Auburn

First Alert Weather Day issued for Sunday

First Alert Weather Day issued for Sunday

Emergency officials in Talbot County, Georgia said six to eight people were injured by storms Sunday afternoon.

The first tornado struck in Lee County on Sunday afternoon, on the border with Georgia. But Robinson says teams are still assessing damage in several Alabama counties.

One of the tornadoes appeared to travel for at least several miles on the ground and was at least a quarter-mile wide, Jones said.

At least 14 people, some of them children, died after a tornado swept through Lee County, Alabama on Sunday, and the death toll was expected to rise as rescuers searched through the rubble of destroyed homes, authorities said.

The National Weather Service said it had confirmed a tornado by radar that toppled trees in a Florida Panhandle county, halting traffic on a stretch of Interstate 10 in one direction because of debris.


Sheriff Jay Jones of Lee County said in an interview with CNN that 14 people were killed.

A number of tornado warnings are in place across the region as the severe weather also caused havoc in Georgia, Florida and SC.

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

Video footage from the small community of Beauregard in Lee County showed homes reduced to piles of wreckage, felled trees, and debris from blasted buildings scattered across roads.

Severe weather is possible in the Auburn area through this evening. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries.


Meteorologist Don Harrigan with the Tallahassee office of the weather service tells The Associated Press that the tornado hit about 5:45 p.m. Sunday in Walton County in the DeFuniak Springs area. At the time the tornado was confirmed, the tornado was reportedly moving toward Midway.

Stay with News4Jax for frequent updates on developing storms. "It's a favorable environment for tornados".

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey posted on Twitter to warn residents there could be more extreme weather to come.

A Tornado Watch is in effect until 6 p.m. The tornado watch also covers a large area of SC, including the cities of Charleston and Columbia.


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