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At least 3 killed as tornadoes rip through Alabama, destroying homes and businesses

CA, 26 Mar 2021
Powerful tornadoes tore through Alabama on Thursday, killing at least three people in the northeast and injuring dozens of others as well as destroying homes and other structures south of Birmingham.

Three deaths were confirmed in Ohatchee, Ala. about 60 miles northeast of Birmingham, a spokeswoman for Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency said. Others remained missing.

In the northwest, a Florence, Ala. police officer was struck by lighting from the same storm system as he set up road barriers, the police department there said. The officer was "conscious and responsive" at North Alabama Medical Center, Florence police said on Twitter.

“Significant and dangerous weather continues to impact portions of Alabama, and I urge all folks in the path of these tornadoes and storm systems to remain on high alert," Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said in a statement posted to social media.

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