Multiple tornadoes were confirmed across southern states Tuesday night through Wednesday morning, with at least two people dead.
Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Christina Thornton confirmed two deaths in Alabama early Wednesday morning.
“We don’t have an exact number, and I do not want to give out incorrect information,” she said in a statement to Fox Weather. “But there are minor, moderate (injuries) and the two fatalities that we have suffered in our community at this time.”
Search and rescue teams operated overnight to help those impacted by severe storms and tornadoes.
“It’s absolutely looking like a small community has been wiped off the map,” Thornton said. “It’s really devastating to think about when you look across the field, and you know that there were homes there the day before on your way to work, and when you’re leaving work this morning, they’re not going to be there.”
The Montgomery Advertiser later confirmed that the victims included a 39-year-old woman and an 8-year-old boy who were mother and son. They lived just north of Montgomery, where a tornado touched down around 3 a.m. local time. Some schools in the area have been closed.
The severe weather caused heavy damage in Eutaw, Alabama, including the partial destruction of an apartment complex.
— WxChasing- Brandon Clement (@bclemms) November 30, 2022
More than 55,000 customers were without power in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama, according to PowerUsage.us as of early Wednesday. Over 34,000 of the homes and businesses without power were located in Alabama.
AccuWeather reported nearly two dozen tornadoes had been spotted across Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi overnight.
WCBI also tweeted images of tornado damage in Mississippi, including the destruction of a fire station in Lowndes County, where a twister trapped several people in Malone’s Grocery Store. The building was damaged, but everyone later left without injuries, according to WTVA.
Tornado damage reported near District One Volunteer Fire/Rescue in Lowndes County, MS tonight. pic.twitter.com/SXz7HdY15v
— WCBI Weather (@WCBIWEATHER) November 30, 2022
The outlet’s Scott Martin reported that one bridge washed away during the storm.
Bridge on Wolfe Road near Reeves Circle is washed out. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is asking people to avoid the area. @WCBIWEATHER @WCBINEWS @Wx_Isaac @abryantwx @DylanHudlerWX @jchastainwx @BryleeFaithWX
📸 MCSO pic.twitter.com/emnWUhsRID
— Scott Martin (@Scott_MartinTV) November 30, 2022
At least one church was also damaged in the storm, with WTVA reporting a toppled steeple at Mt. Zion Church in Caledonia.
Some parts of Mississippi, such as Vaiden, reportedly experienced hail up to two inches in diameter. The community is located in the northwestern part of the state.
Dickson, Tennessee, approximately 30 miles west of Nashville, also reported large hail, according to NewsChannel 5.
The storm that came through dropped some amount of hail in Dickson. This picture from Jamie McDaniel shows what she saw.
— NewsChannel 5 (@NC5) November 30, 2022