Millions Impacted After Extreme Weather, Tornadoes Rip Across the South

March 20, 2018Mar 20, 2018

Severe storms spawned tornadoes and damaged several homes as they moved throughout the American south on Monday night, according to USA Today

Forecasters warned that the storms might threaten more than 29 million people, raising the risk of powerful tornadoes, damaging winds, and hail the size of tennis balls. 

To a certain degree, forecasters were correct. Towns and cities in northern Alabama reported power outages. On top of that, the National Weather Service in Huntsville actually reported that at least three tornadoes were confirmed in the area. 

In Limestone County, Alabama, the sheriff's office posted several photos online of houses with roofs completely ripped off of them. Outbuildings were also torn from their foundations and roads were closed due to fallen power lines and trees. Luckily, despite the massive destruction caused by the storms, no injuries or deaths have yet to be reported. 

USA Today reports that these storm threats are particularly dangerous because the tornadoes — in quantity and intensity — are particularly strong. Wind gusts reached a mighty 70 miles per hour. 

In order to prepare for this extreme weather, many schools throughout the south let students out early on Monday afternoon. Officials hoped that students and staff would, if let out of school early, have time to get home before the storm moved through. 

The University of Alabama even suspended operations on Monday from 6:30 pm to midnight, which meant that classes and campus activities were canceled, including the library and other facilities. 

Reports are now claiming that a weather warning is being issued for Florida. In fact, there is a tornado watch for Florida until 7 pm on Tuesday night as extreme weather from the south passes through the state. 

Strong thunderstorms and high winds are likely to occur in Florida, some of them up to 60 mph. Hail will likely be mixed in. 

Many people had their homes destroyed and have written on Twitter about their situation.

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