Up to 75 people were forced out of their homes on Tuesday after a massive EF2 wedge tornado tore through McMullen, Alabama, a small town just across from the Mississippi border.
Severe storms swept across the region on Tuesday afternoon, blasting the area with strong winds. Multiple tornadoes were reported in Alabama and Mississippi.
According to the Alabama Red Cross, 75 individuals in Pickens County, Alabama, were displaced due to storm damage. Thirteen homes were destroyed in McMullen, Alabama, just outside of Aliceville. Ten were mobile homes, according to officials.
At least two minor injuries were reported, according to AL.com.
The Red Cross opened a shelter shortly after the tornado to provide those impacted with a place to sleep. The shelter remained open on Wednesday morning.
"I was in the bed asleep at the time and it woke me up. It sounded like a train," Anthony Walker, a resident from Sapps, Alabama, just outside of Aliceville, told AL.com.
Tonight's tornadoes wreaked havoc on Pickens County #onassignment w/ @IanHoppe #alwx https://t.co/tg5VKxT7k2 pic.twitter.com/zDfPWjkynF— Connor Sheets (@ConnorASheets) February 3, 2016
A springlike setup contributed to the severe weather outbreak across the Southeast.
"Cold air from the Rockies clashed with warmer-than-usual air from the Gulf, creating a dynamic setup for violent storms," AccuWeather Meteorologist Becky Elliot said. "This type of structure is more common in March or April."