BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – A massive storm system rocks the eastern half of the country, sending snow and ice to the midwest, and thunderstorms and tornadoes to the south. Homes were damaged and power knocked out to many affected by this latest storm system. While we dealt with rain and winds, people in the midwest were pounded with snow! In areas like Minnesota, it felt more like February than April as several inches of snow fell. That’s on top of what’s left over from an ice storm Wednesday. It’s making for a huge cleanup ahead. Thousands of people have lost power and it could take days for them to get it back. The governor has called in the National Guard to help.
A state of emergency is underway in Mississippi. A massive tornado touched down in the eastern part of the state. one person was killed and five others were injured when twister moved through Kemper and Noxubee counties. Several cities are reporting damage and power outages. The state’s emergency management agency has set up a command center in the area.
A tornado also reportedly touched down in Pickens County, Alabama. Homes in the town of Ethelsville report damage from siding being blown off to roof torn away. Counties in north alabama also felt the force of Thursday storms. A wide path of damage was reported in Madison county. Trees fallen into homes and businesses, rooftops blown away and other damage is being surveyed in Huntsville. An apartment complex in the city’s southside was damaged by high winds and falling trees. No injuries were reported.