Multiple tornadoes hit the Southeast Sunday afternoon, killing at least 14 people in one Alabama county.
The fatality count could rise, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones told local station WSFA as people are still reported missing. Emergency management officials said crews are searching through debris in the county, about 60 miles east of Montgomery, where at least one tornado destroyed multiple homes.
The tornado wrecked an area several miles long and a fourth of a mile wide, Jones told WRBL-TV. Numerous injuries were reported in the community of Beauregard, emergency management spokesperson Rita Smith said, where two deaths were confirmed. Details about the deaths were not immediately available.
Debris also closed part of Highway 431, according to the Alabama Department of Transportation.
In the Florida panhandle, the National Weather Service said another tornado toppled trees and stopped traffic on part of Interstate 10. Weather service meteorologist Don Harrigan said tornadoes also touched the ground in Alabama’s Geneva and Henry Counties.
Damaging tornadoes also made landing in Georgia, Accuweather said. More than 35,000 customers in Alabama and Georgia lost power Sunday following severe thunderstorms.
Areas hit by tornadoes can expect drier, colder conditions Monday, AccuWeather said.
“Colder air will sweep into the Southeast behind the severe weather with temperatures dropping into the 30s southward to central Georgia and across most of Alabama by Monday morning. Those without power who rely on electric heat need to find ways to say warm,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.
Contributing: The Associated Press