WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Over the past two days, the National Weather Service (NWS) reports a strong low-pressure system brought severe weather including tornadoes, strong winds and hail to many states in the south. Parts of eastern Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia felt the impact of this weather system. Hardest hit were Alabama, Georgia and Virginia, but strong winds and storm damage was also reported in North Carolina and Florida.
Parts of northeastern Texas were first to experience the effects of the low-pressure system that brought severe weather to the area, including tornadoes and hail. The system downed trees and power lines and caused damage to several structures. Local officials report four people injured near Holly Springs in Jasper County. However, no fatalities were reported.
As many as seven unconfirmed tornadoes were reported in Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, San Augustine and Shelby counties. Jasper County was hardest hit with a number of damaged or. San Augustine and Nacogdoches Counties also sustained some damage to homes. Some sporadic power outages in the affected areas have been also reported.
FEMA's regional office in Denton, Texas (Region VI) and the Texas Department of Public Safety are monitoring the situation.
Severe thunderstorms caused some damage in Georgia's Carroll and Clayton counties. However, no injuries or fatalities were reported associated with the severe weather.
Central counties in Alabama, including Lowndes, Autauga, Elmore, Russell and Mobile were also hit by the storms. Numerous trees and some power lines were blown down.
One storm-related fatality was reported in Elmore County. Autauga and Elmore counties were hardest hit with a number of mobile homes destroyed.
State and local officials are conducting damage assessments.FEMA's regional office in Atlanta (Region IV) remains in contact with Georgia and Alabama state officials.
Severe weather along with a possible tornado caused damage to the Chapparal Steel Construction site in Dinwiddie County, Virginia yesterday. The site was being expanded and several workers were living in trailers around the area. There were no fatalities reported. However, local officials report as many as 20 people were injured, five or six critically. Three people reported missing were extracted from the rubble after being trapped for several hours.
There were no other reports of damage in the immediate vicinity, though parts of southeastern Virginia had downed trees and power lines in several other counties. FEMA's regional office in Philadelphia (Region III) has been in contact with state officials and is monitoring the situation.