Saturday’s tornadoes and thunderstorms continued to hit the south, which has been battered by extreme weather since mid-March.
Six people have died across the South, including five in Calhoun County, Alabama, and one in Coweta County, Georgia, since Thursday when a second wave of extreme weather hit the region, authorities said.
Three of the dead were relatives of Calhoun County Kalvin Bowers, who said, “I lost a brother-in-law. I lost a sister. I lost a niece. I have a brother in the hospital. And a niece in the hospital.”
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp toured communities damaged by the storm on Saturday.
“It is very different from anything I have seen,” he said. “Just total destruction in many places.”
At least 24 tornadoes have landed in Georgia and Alabama since Thursday, the National Weather Service said.
The NWS office in Birmingham, Alabama, said Saturday it had recorded at least six tornadoes since Thursday it reached force EF2, which means sustained winds of at least 111 mph.
The meteorological service office in Atlanta It said Friday that at least one tornado showed evidence of 170 mph winds.
Approximately 30 million people in the South and Middle Atlantic continued to be threatened by severe weather.
The National Weather Service called Saturday for a “higher risk” of more thunderstorms and a “moderate risk” of excessive rainfall over parts of Lower Mississippi and the Tennessee Valley through Sunday morning.
Thunderstorms were also possible in the Mid-Atlantic through Monday morning, forecasters said.
“The main dangers associated with severe thunderstorms are frequent lightning, strong gusts of wind, hail and tornadoes,” the NWS said in a discussion about the forecast.