At least two people have been confirmed dead, Lee County, Alabama, Coroner Bill Harris said Sunday evening, adding that he expects that number to climb.
It appeared Sunday evening that two tornadoes hit Lee County back-to-back within the span of one hour, CNN Meteorologist Gene Norman said.
Footage livestreamed on WRBL’s Facebook page showed trees destroyed by the powerful winds and debris from leveled homes piled up on the side of the road.
“We are trying to see if we can locate any injured people,” Jones said. “We’ve accounted for a lot of people.”
Multiple homes suffered significant damage, Jones said, and multiple agencies are working to assist in the search for injured people inside residences.
Several injured people were transported to a hospital, he said.
Norman said that according to the National Weather Service, an airport in Eufaula, Alabama, along the Alabama-Georgia border was destroyed, along with a fire station.
The first tornado watches were issued around noon, but were expected to remain in place for parts of Georgia and South Carolina through 11 p.m. ET Sunday, Norman said.