36 confirmed dead from tornadoes, storms, many without power

Verbena, Ala., Storm Picture
Verbena, Ala., Storm Picture
Tallapoosa County Command Center
Tallapoosa County Command Center
Tallapoosa County Sheriff's officials mapping out the damaged areas
Tallapoosa County Sheriff's officials mapping out the damaged areas

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA/RNN) - People searched for survivors and assessed damage Saturday following tornadoes in the southeast and Midwest that killed at least 34 people.

Residents in Alabama and nearby states are getting their first look at the destruction from Friday's deadly storms.

Nationally, at least 34 people are confirmed dead. There are also numerous homes and businesses destroyed or damaged.

The Tallapoosa Sheriff's Department reports at least one person dead and two others injured at a house along Hwy 49. This is in the Dadeville/Jackson's Gap area. Search and rescue efforts are under way.

In Dadeville there are also reports of heavy damage around Eagle Creek as well as the Elder and Buttston communities. Rescue personnel are also on the scene at damage in the River Oaks subdivision between Alex City and Dadeville. Specifics are not yet available

In Chilton County, the Emergency Management Agency is reporting at least six homes destroyed or damaged in Verbena and Rockford. There are no reports of fatalities at this time.

Alabama Power is estimating 430 in Alexander City, 600 in Clanton and 1,000 in Dadeville without power at this time.

The severe storms began Friday morning and caused deaths in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. WAVE reported 14 people had died in Indiana – including four in Washington County and another four who were critically injured.

One of the four victims in Jefferson County, IN, was a four-year-old boy. A family friend told WAVE the child was ripped from his mother's hands by the storm that went through Chelsea.

A total of 14 died in Kentucky as well, according to the Associated Press. Reporters from WXIX said at least three fatalities were counted in Kenton County, KY.

Five people were dead from the storms in Ohio, two in the community of Felicity, one in Moscow and two in Bethel, according to WXIX.

At least one person died and two were injured in Tallapoosa County, AL, according to WSFA. A super-cell that appeared to cause at least one tornado tore through central Alabama Friday evening.

Parts of Florida, Georgia and Alabama remained under tornado watches Saturday.

Earlier in the day nine tornadoes hit north Alabama, causing structural damage in Limestone County and Madison County. The Limestone Correctional Facility took a "direct hit" according to WAFF, but no one escaped the prison.

No fatalities had been reported from the north Alabama storms.

The National Weather Service issued 269 tornado warnings by 10 p.m. Friday, according to the AP. At one time Friday, 17 states were under threat of major weather.

A tornado in Henryville, IN, about 20 miles north of Louisville, KY, caused widespread, damage. It touched down around 3 p.m. Friday, destroying Henryville Junior-Senior High School, overturning a bus and tossing another into the side of a building across the road.

The AP reported that the town of Marysville, IN is "completely gone," according to Clark County Sheriff's Department Maj. Chuck Adams on Friday.

Hamilton County (TN) Emergency Management reported six to 10 people were transported to local hospitals and that officials set up a triage area to treat patients on-site in Ooltewah, TN, a suburb of Chattanooga.

Golf ball-sized hail rained down in Nashville, denting cars and beating in roofs.

At least 13 tornadoes touched down in three states around 1:30 p.m. ET, according to preliminary reports from the NWS. Nine of those were in Alabama, leaving at least 50,000 people without power, while two were reported in Tennessee.

Friday's storms came only two days after deadly tornadoes struck Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee.

Six people died Wednesday in Illinois after an EF-4 tornado hit the southern town of Harrisburg. Three people were killed after storms and tornadoes ravaged Missouri, and one died from injuries after a tornado in Kansas.

Three people were killed when tornadoes touched down in Cumberland and DeKalb counties in Tennessee.

The Red Cross is one of many organizations reaching out to victims.

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