Six people were killed while others were injured as a deadly storm hit Autauga County on Thursday. The massive tornado swept across storm-battered central Alabama for the third time in about six weeks.
Autauga County Sheriff David Hill confirmed to WSFA that six fatalities had been reported from the area.
Mr Hill said later in the afternoon that three additional deaths had been confirmed.
Rescue efforts to free people trapped in homes along Autauga County Road 68 were ongoing Thursday afternoon.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency following devastating storm damage caused by tornadoes that moved across the state Thursday.
Mr Ivey’s office said she and other state officials are closely monitoring the effects of the storms and, in response to the initial system that hit the state, the governor has issued emergency declarations for a number of counties.
Those counties include: Autauga, Chambers, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore and Tallapoosa.
The governor’s office said more assessments are being done to determine if the emergency declaration will need to be expanded.