Alabama tornado kills five, leaves others injured as storms rip through the Mid-South
Peak tornado activity is expected Thursday night
Five people were killed Thursday as tornado-producing storms ripped through central Alabama, destroying homes and structures along the way, Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown confirmed to Fox News Thursday.
Severe weather warnings were issued for the parts of the Mid-South and Tennessee River Valley, with tornados expected across the region.
The National Weather Service (NWS) declared a number of tornado warnings in Alabama, with some remaining in effect until 8 p.m. CT, as wild winds shred across the state.
"The most persistent/intense supercells will be capable of producing strong to violent tornadoes, along with very large hail and substantial damaging winds," the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center wrote Thursday.
Three of the victims who died Thursday were living in a wooden home, while the two other victims were living in mobile homes.
The Calhoun County coroner said it is currently unclear how many injuries occurred during the storm.
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Videos posted to social media by safety and weather services showed debris tumbling through the air at incredible speeds.
Pelham police reported damage to several homes in Chandalar, as well as damage to the Civic Center and utility lines down along highways.
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Authorities across the state have urged residents to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. Some injuries have been reported as first responders try to free residents trapped in their homes.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey urged residents to stay safe amid the storms.
"Tragically, we are receiving reports of loss of life," she wrote on Twitter. "I offer my sincerest prayers to all impacted. Unfortunately, the day is not over yet. Y'all, please stay safe and vigilant!"
In Georgia, damage to homes has stranded some people, leaving them trapped as authorities work to help residents cope with some of the damage to the area.
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The strongest storms are predicted to form across parts of Mississippi, Alabama and Southern Tennessee.
Fox News' Janice Dean contributed to this report.