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Fatal Tornadoes Ravage the Southeast

30 Nov 2016, 6:35 am

ALABAMA (WAAY)- Jackson County Coroner John Jordan said 3 people were killed and multiple people were injured on Highway 71 in the Rosalie community. Jordan said 2 females and a male were killed. He believes the victims were inside one home. He’s waiting to notify family before releasing names.

Jackson County Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen said the three people were in a mobile home. He said another person in the home was critically injured.

Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said there are a couple of miles of damage along Highway 71. Harnen said trees and power lines are down and 15 to 20 structures are damaged. Deputies are going door to door checking on residents.

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Multiple injuries reported in DeKalb County including a family of 7 in Ider. DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency Director Anthony Clifton said a daycare at the intersection of Highway 117 and County Road 159 was destroyed. Clifton said the daycare was closed but the owner who lives in a mobile home went to the business to seek shelter during the storm. Four adults and 3 children were injured. 3 of the adults were in critical condition at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, TN. The children were also transported to the hospital.

Early this morning, a tornado hit the north end of DeKalb County damaging or destroying close to 25 homes in the Ider…

Posted by DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday, November 30, 2016

There are 25 people with minor injuries and around 25 homes where either damaged or destroyed in the Ider community. Tree and power lines are down in the area. EMA requests that people stay away from the area as rescue efforts and repairs are underway. A temporary shelter has been set up at the Ider Rescue Squad.

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Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) spokesman Dean Flener confirms to NewsChannel 9 that at least two people died from strong storms early Wednesday morning. Fleener says the victims are husband and wife. They still have not been identified. A massive recovery and rescue operation is underway by authorities, including the Polk County Sheriff’s Department and the West Polk Fire and Rescue.

Making matters tough on the latter: the West Polk Fire Department building was damaged in the storms. The storms also damaged the Ocoee Post Office.

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