National Weather Service confirms Cenla tornado size

National Weather Service confirms Cenla tornado size

National Weather Service confirms Cenla tornado size

A couple was killed in Lawrence County, Alabama when a tornado passed through, Town Creek Police Chief Jerry Garrett said in a Monday night news conference.

"We had a storm front that went. from the southwest corner of the state to nearly central - some 60 to 80 miles (100 to 130 kilometers)", Gov. Phil Bryant said.

"It was total chaos", Lawrence County Coroner in Alabama told reporters. "And I knew right there, I said 'Oh God, we're not going to make it'". The couple's elementary-school-age son was hospitalized.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office reported that one person was killed as a result of the storm in an area east of Rosepine.

The toll could have been worse.

Workers at Hope Baptist Christian Academy in Alexandria got children under pews in the church sanctuary before a twister ripped the roof off the building, said Gov. John Bel Edwards. A worker clung to a beam in a maintenance barn to avoid being hurled into the storm.

The weather service in Birmingham said it will send out two survey teams to look at damage.

Forecasters issued multiple tornado warnings and some cities opened shelters as a cold front collided with warmer air over northern Gulf Coast states.

"Heavy snow and possible ice will continue to plague areas of the Ohio Valley to the Northeast and New England ... through Tuesday", the National Weather Service said.

The most aggressive of the storms was an "extremely dangerous" twister that pummeled the northwest of Alexandria, Louisiana, located about 200 miles northwest of New Orleans, starting at 12.30pm.

A weak EF-0 tornado hit northeast Lee County, just north of the Natchez Trace Parkway. WALB said there were numerous reports of damage and power outages across several southern Georgia counties.

"We are blessed tonight", Guntown, Mississippi, Mayor Bud Herring said of the lack of fatalities or serious injuries.

Officials say 35 other structures were also damaged in the town.

The National Weather Service (NWS) reported one tornado travelled more than 95km (60 miles) across central Louisiana, wreaking havoc along its path for more than an hour. Soggy pink insulation and drywall covered the floor Tuesday.

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