Severe weather Thursday was to blame for the loss of at least one life in Alabama Thursday afternoon.
A likely tornado along County Road 30, in the Sawyerville community, killed one woman. Three others were critically injured, and five others had minor injuries, according to the Hale County Emergency Management Agency.
Damage was severe and widespread across Hale County. Structural damage was reported to homes along Highway 14. The National Weather Service received reports that some homes had shifted off their foundations. There were also reports of vehicles blown into a pond.
Meteorologists reported spotting the tornado and a debris signature on radar around 2 p.m.
The Hale County Storm Relief Committee will be accepting donations Friday at the Waller Community Center on Highway 14, in Sawyerville. Anyone who needs shelter should call Marilyn Pickens at (334) 624-6785.
Several tornado warnings were issued Thursday afternoon and evening. Crews with the National Weather Service will survey areas of likely tornadoes on Friday to determine their strengths and paths.
Heavy rain caused flooding across the state and freezing temperatures are expected to enter the state Friday, behind the storm system.