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Four members of the same family are among the seven deceased in the county of autaugaal, following the powerful tornado that tore through the area last weekthe authorities reported.
The four victims lived in two homes located about 27 miles northwest of Montgomery, the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Saturday.
The victims were identified as Robert Gardner Jr., 70, and Deanna Marie Corbin, 59, who lived in a housewhile Tessa Celeste Desmet, 21, and Christopher Allen Cobrin Jr., 46, lived in the other, according to the statement.
Likewise, the other three Autauga County victims were Andrea Sue Taylor, 61; Solomon Antiono Smith, 50, and Carmen Cox Autery, 59, added the statement.
Despite dozens of preliminary reports in Alabama, Kentucky and Georgia, Autauga County was hit particularly hard, with a wind intensity rated at least EF-3 by the National Weather Servicewhich means there were gusts of at least 136 mph.
Crews continued to survey damage in the area Sunday, according to the National Weather Service Office in Birmingham, to determine if that tornado continued through Coosa and Tallapoosa counties.
“This powerful tornado tore through Autauga County leaving behind extensive destruction of homes and property for many, many miles.”the sheriff’s office said. “Hundreds of homes in the Old Kingston, Posey’s Crossroads, White City and Marbury areas have been damaged or destroyed.”
Overall, at least nine people were killed in the onslaught of storms, two of whom were from the state of Georgia, including a 5-year-old boy and a man identified as Sean Kornacki, who worked for the state Department of Transportation.
“He was tragically killed in the line of duty early this morning while responding to clearing debris from the road after last night’s storms.”noted the memo from Commissioner Russell R. McMurry.
Following the natural disaster, President Joe Biden approved a major disaster declaration for the state of Alabama, in addition to an order to make federal aid available to bolster recovery efforts, the White House said Sunday in a statement from press.
With this approval, federal funds are made available to affected individuals in Autauga and Dallas counties, according to the statement, adding that the assistance can be earmarked for grants for temporary housing and home repairslow-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs.
With information from CNN
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