Nasty weather, including tornadoes, tore through the Gulf coasts of Alabama and Louisiana Wednesday as heavy rains and whipping winds ripped roofs from houses, overturned cars and wrought havoc among residents.
At least two tornadoes touched down Wednesday morning in the southern Alabama towns of Silverhill and Theodore, according to the Mobile Press-Register.
Witnesses told the newspaper that the sky quickly grew black and increased winds pulled shopping carts “a hundred miles an hour” across parking lots.
Damage was apparent at a Mobile BP gas station, where the storm had ripped off the roof and flipped over several trucks.
Mobile Fire Rescue has reported three minor injuries in the area so far, according to reports.
A spokesman with Alabama Power told reporters the storms left about 17,000 customers without power in the area. As of 1pm local time, about 4,600 customers were still without power.
The National Weather Service said that at least three tornadoes were also reported in Louisiana early Wednesday, and at least one injury was reported.
A Tornado Watch remained in effect for several Gulf Coast municipalities, including nine counties in northwest Florida and 11 counties in Georgia, the National Weather Service said.
Flash flood warnings remained in effect in southeast