A tornado hit parts of Alabama on Thursday, causing «significant damage» in Selma, the city’s mayor said.

Mayor James Perkins Jr. asked residents to «refrain from traveling on the roads and stay away from power lines.»

Emergency response teams were already on the ground to provide assistance.

A tornado in Selma, Alabama.
A tornado in Selma, Alabama on January 12, 2023.Caleb LeGrone via Facebook

«We ask everyone to remain calm and remain in place until further notice,» city officials said in a statement. facebook post.

Most of the city’s streets are closed due to downed power lines and trees, according to another post from the city.

“All schools have reported that students are in school and safe. It is not safe at this time to go to schools or allow children to leave school,» authorities said.

Nearly 50% of Dallas County, where Selma is located, has no power, according to power outage.US.

In Morgan County, the sheriff’s office said numerous buildings were damaged during a storm. About 10 people were injured, but none appear to be life-threatening. Decatur, located in Morgan County, saw overturned trucks and multiple downed trees. Police said there were minor injuries.

The Birmingham National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for northeast Chambers County.

«This is a large and extremely dangerous tornado on the ground. Seek shelter immediately if you are in the range,» the service said. tweeted just before 2:30 p.m.

There have been at least 19 tornadoes reported across the state as a line of violent thunderstorms swept through the Southeast. Significant damage has also been reported in Hale, Bibb, Sumter and Autauga counties.

About 24 million people remain in the severe storm hazard area in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. There is an increased risk in those areas of tornadoes and severe tornado watches.

Atlanta, Charlotte, North Carolina, Greenville, South Carolina, Knoxville, Tennessee, Lexington, Kentucky, Montgomery, Alabama, and Nashville, Tennessee could be affected.

In addition to tornadoes, storms can produce large hail and damaging wind gusts of up to 75 mph.

This is a developing story. Please check for updates.