Two dead after tornadoes touch down near Auburn

More than 10 dead following severe weather in the Chattahoochee Valley

More than 10 dead following severe weather in the Chattahoochee Valley

The National Weather Service announced just before 5 p.m. they would be sending out three survey teams on Monday to survey the damage from the Lee County tornado, as well as tornadoes in Autauga, Macon, and Barbour Counties. Closer to the devastation, emergency vehicles including ambulances, with lights flashes, were scattered all around.

Rita Smith, spokeswoman for the Lee County Emergency Management Agency, said about 150 first responders jumped in to efforts to search the debirs after the powerful storm hit.

Mr Jones described the damage as "catastrophic", saying one tornado cut a path of destruction quarter of a mile (0.4km) wide and several miles long.

Other people have been hospitalized, some with "very serious injuries", while the search is still continuing for more who are missing, he said. In other areas, such as Peach and Crawford, the storms left significant damage behind, including downed trees and damaged buildings.

Emergency officials in Talbot County, Georgia said six to eight people were injured by storms Sunday afternoon.

"There's a squall line moving through the area", Harrigan told AP. She said numerous homes were destroyed or damaged in Beauregard, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) east of Montgomery.

The weather service said damaging wind gusts will be the main concern, but tornadoes and hail will also be possible today.

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"We've still got people being pulled out of rubble", Lee County Coroner Bill Harris told on Sunday evening.

Two-inch hail was reported at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport but there was no damage.

The National Weather Service says at least a dozen tornadoes touched down across Alabama and Georgia Sunday afternoon. "It's a favorable environment for tornados".

Tornado watches were in effect in parts of Alabama and in Georgia on Sunday evening.

He says the threat of more tornadoes will continue for several hours as the storm system races toward the Atlantic seaboard.

Anyone in an area under tornado watch is told to "take safety precautions immediately", the South Carolina Emergency Management Division posted on Facebook.

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