The severe weather spawned at least one confirmed tornado in Mobile, Alabama, leaving three people dead and many homes and businesses heavily damaged or destroyed.
Mobile County Emergency Management Agency director, Ronnie Adair, told Alabama.com
the tornado blew out several windows of the Mobile Infirmary. Power was also knocked out and the hospital is currently running on emergency generators.
Adair also reported that the Trinity Episcopal Church was heavily damaged, saying
"I'm just glad it wasn't last night during mass."
Straight-line winds also caused considerable damage, knocking down numerous trees and power lines, while ripping roofs from several homes. Heavy rains has also caused flash flooding in the area.
When tornado sirens went off in Mobile, Rick Cauley and his wife, Ashley, rushed everyone to the athletic field house at block away at Mobile's Murphy High School, believing that it to be a sturdier structure and safer than their home. Unfortunately, he was mistaken, telling WJLA
"As luck would have it, that's where the tornado hit. The pressure dropped and the ears started popping and it got crazy for a second."
reports that a total of 34 tornadoes swept through parts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. In addition to the three fatalities in Mobile, at least 16 people were injured during the storm outbreak, along with two other fatalities.
According to Fox News
, a toppled tree landed on a pickup in Houston, TX., killing the driver inside. Another fatality involved a 53-year-old north Louisiana man who was killed when a tree that fell on his home.
A tornado in McNeill, Mississippi damaged a dozen homes and sent eight people to the hospital. None of the injuries were considered to be life-threatening. Mississippi Emergency Management spokesman Brett Carr told WWLTV
storm damage was spread through several counties, including Amite, Forrest, George, Greene, Hinds, Jones, Lawrence, Pearl River, Stone and Wilkinson. An estimated 70 homes were damaged, many destroyed. There is no world on how many businesses received damage.
Raven James, Stone County Emergency Management Director told WLOX
"There was one confirmed tornado touch down in the western part of the county on Tuesday. Roofs ripped off, trailers flipped over, windows broken, couple of vehicles damaged is what were seeing."
The storm damage was so substantial throughout many parts of Mississippi, government offices were closed in 11 counties while authorities asses the damage and begin the process of making repairs. The American Red Cross plans to send disaster relief teams to the area within the next day or two.
The storm system has now pushed it's way to the northeast, prompting tornado watch alerts to be issued for many parts of South and North Carolina. Accuweather
reports that least one tornado was spotted near Carolina Beach, NC Wednesday morning. The system will continue to move northward through North Carolina as the day continues.