The Weather Service’s office in Birmingham urged residents on Twitter to avoid driving in the flooded streets. “Folks, don’t underestimate the power of water!” the message said. “It doesn’t take much to float a vehicle.”
At an apartment complex in Homewood, Ala., a suburb of Birmingham, emergency responders used a raft to rescue residents from floodwaters on Tuesday night, a correspondent for the local ABC affiliate reported. A flood warning remained in effect for Birmingham and surrounding areas late Tuesday night.
A tornado warning was issued around 1:30 p.m. local time for Cleburne County, about 80 miles east of Birmingham, after radars indicated that a tornado had formed in the area. There were no immediate reports of damage in the county.
Farther north, the Weather Service issued a tornado warning around 3 p.m. local time for the area around Brockway, Pa., about 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. The Weather Service said its radar showed that a tornado had formed in the area, but a tornado was not immediately confirmed, nor was any damage immediately reported.
The threat of more severe weather on Tuesday came after two days of the region being battered by storms, which included tornadoes touching down in Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Texas on Sunday and Monday.
Hundreds of thousands of customers were without power on Tuesday evening in Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, according to PowerOutage.us, a website that tracks loss of service.
Cities and towns across the South reported structural damage from tornadoes, high winds and punishing rains, with images and videos on social media showing uprooted trees and damaged buildings.