Tornadoes Wreak Havoc In Southern States

This weekend southern states including Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi have seen a combined death toll of 16 people and the number is expected to grow. The states are currently facing a storm system comprised of multiple tornadoes resulting in watches being issued for the Panhandle of Florida and southern Alabama. A state of emergency has also been issued by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security Agency. The National Weather Service is currently predicting a third wave of storms to reach as far north as Atlanta.


Screen Shot 2017-01-22 at 7.15.40 PM

Aftermath of tornado in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Photo: WDAM-TV Photojournalist Ryan Moore.

Severe Weather Causes Damage to Charlotte

Violent storms ripped through the greater Charlotte area taking with it the metal roof off at least one building, damaged dozens of homes, knocked down countless trees, leaving thousands without power and injuring a small number of people Sunday night in North Carolina.
Hundreds of lightning strikes have been reported, as well as high winds, hail and heavy rain. The high winds were said to have damaged at least 20-30 homes were damaged. The lightning strikes caused one house to go up in flames. Trees were knocked down all over the area. Tornado watches and warnings were issued throughout the night to warn the citizens of the area.