At least four people were killed and over a dozen others hurt as suspected tornadoes slammed the southern U.S. on Monday, destroying homes and buildings, downing trees and causing power outages, officials said.
The death toll rose to four after heavy overnight rains caused flooding in Greenup County, Kentucky. Water rescue crews were called in Tuesday to aid two people, and at least one of them died, Kentucky State Police Trooper Bobby King told The Associated Press.
According to The Associated Press, one of the deaths came when an apparent twister hit a home near Rosepine, Louisiana. Betty Patin, 59, was killed, the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post Monday evening.
Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office has been on location in areas effected by today's...Posted by Vernon Parish Sheriff Dept on Monday, December 16, 2019
Nearly 540 miles away in Town Creek, Alabama, a married couple also died in the storm, Lawrence County sheriff's officials told AL.com. Lawrence County Coroner Scott Norwood identified the couple as Justin Godsey, 35, and Keisha Cross, 24, according to WVTM. Their son, Landen, was in critical condition Tuesday at Children's of Alabama in Birmingham, WVTM reported.
Protecting the citizens of Lawrence County is our priority. During emergencies our office stands ready to deploy in...Posted by Lawrence County Alabama Sheriff's Office on Monday, December 16, 2019
Overall, "more than two dozen" possible twisters struck the region, mostly in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, according to CNN.
Several residents took to social media to share videos from the storm and its aftermath. You can see some of them below:
Tornado in Guntown, MS@WTVAWeather @matt_laubhan @spann pic.twitter.com/xjX4Bum7kV— Blake Ivy (@BlakeIvy10) December 16, 2019
Prayers That Everyone Is Safe. 28 West Alexandria, LAPosted by Austin Lewis on Monday, December 16, 2019
In case y’all were wondering that’s farrs manufacture trailer lot!!!Posted by Joanna Clark on Monday, December 16, 2019
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