Seven people killed in deadly Alabama tornadoes identified as six counties announce state of emergency
AUTAUGA COUNTY, ALABAMA: Four members of a family were among the seven people killed in the deadly tornadoes that tore through Autauga County, Alabama, on Thursday, January 12, 2023. The names were made public by the Autauga County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, January 14.
The deaths took place in Old Kingston, which is located along Autauga County 140. The victims' ages range from 21 to 70. As the victims were identified, at least six counties were put into a state of emergency at the time of writing.
The 800 block of Sandy Ridge Road saw the deaths of Deanna Marie Corbin, 59, and Robert Gardner, 70, who lived together in the same house. In the 1000 block of Sandy Ridge Road, two people who died were identified as Tessa Celeste Desmet, 21, and Christopher Allen Corbin, 46. Both Desmet and Corbin shared a home. They are related to Deanna Corbin and Robert Gardner from the 800 blocks, according to AL.com.
Carmen Cox Autery, 59, died in the 1000 block of Sandy Ridge Road. The 800 block of County Road 140 is where Andrea Sue Taylor, 61, was last seen on Thursday. Her body was found early on Friday morning.
Solomon Smith, 50, died in the 900 block of County Road 140. Smith's sister Stephanie Brown confirmed to the outlet on Friday that Smith had died and her house, which is also on Autauga County 140, had been destroyed. Brown reported that Smith's stepson was hurt and received medical attention at UAB Hospital.
As per authorities, 13 severe tornadoes ripped through Albaman till Saturday, January 14, destroying properties and toppling houses. The National Weather Service designated the Autauga County tornado as an EF-3, the one responsible for taking lives and injuring many more. The weather service estimated that the Autauga storm had winds as strong as 150 mph.
"Take SHELTER IMMEDIATELY," news channels reported as an emergency was also issued for Autauga County for life-threatening situations. Alabama Governor Ivey Kay declared a state of emergency for six counties, including Autauga County, following the storms. The counties of Chambers, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, and Tallapoosa were also included in the declaration.
12:53 PM: A TORNADO EMERGENCY HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR AUTAUGA COUNTY. THIS IS A LIFE THREATENING SITUATION. TAKE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY!!— NWS Birmingham (@NWSBirmingham) January 12, 2023
We have already seen parts of the state rattled by this severe weather system, which is why I have issued a state of emergency for six of our counties that were in the path of Mother Nature’s wrath: Autauga, Chambers, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore and Tallapoosa. #alpolitics (1/2) pic.twitter.com/DL3wIKRUdB— Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey) January 12, 2023
Meanwhile, the search is underway for those missing after the storms, with cleaning crews putting in recovery efforts.
We do love nature but we can't control . Suddenly Civil Rights movement - Alabama city Selma hurt by - Tornado 🌪. It's said that 7 people died & all people's lovely furniture & house 🏠 became a debris. Alabama Governor Kay announced State of emergency. pic.twitter.com/OKZInk3T9g— Shamima Mondal (@modhomati) January 14, 2023
(Data from DAT) the high-end EF2 tornado that struck Selma, Alabama on Thursday tracked for 23 miles and had a max width of about half a mile. Here are some zoomed ins hits from the preliminary path via DAT. #tornado #path #dat #crazy pic.twitter.com/qA3wAbqm2a— jake - tornado lover (@tornadicwonder) January 14, 2023