3 killed in Alabama, 2 in Tennessee after severe storms pass through

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A total of five people have been killed after severe storms and at least two confirmed tornados passed through Tennessee and Alabama Tuesday night.

PHOTOS: Tennessee, Alabama storm damage


Three people were killed in Rosalie, Alabama, when a suspected tornado hit a mobile home in Jackson County. Another person in the home was critically injured.

Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips says the damage stretches two to three miles in each direction. Homes, businesses, and churches were affected.

Highway 71 in Rosalie, Jackson County (Photo: WKRN)
Highway 71 in Rosalie, Jackson County (Photo: WKRN)

The sheriff said this is not the worst tornado that’s hit Jackson County, and the community will join together to bounce back, just like they have in the past.

“When you have an event like this they come together and they’re extremely helpful to us in law enforcement and trying to help these people,” said Sheriff Phillips.

That same possible tornado hit a closed day care center in the Ider community, injuring seven people, including three children, who had left their mobile home to seek shelter, Anthony Clifton, DeKalb County Emergency Management Director, told the Associated Press.

National Weather Service meteorologist Lauren Nash told the Associated Press there are multiple reports of possible tornadoes across several counties in northern Alabama and southern Tennessee.

Crews will be out Wednesday to access the damage and determine if a tornado did cause the damage.


Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) spokesman Dean Flener told the Associated Press Wednesday that a husband and wife died and two others were injured in Polk County.

NWS confirmed a low end EF-3 tornado did touch down in Polk with max winds estimated at 140 mph.

Two tornadoes were also confirmed in Coffee County–one in Tullahoma and the other in Manchester. Both twisters were EF-1 and moved at 105 mph. One person was injured in Tullahoma after a tree fell on top of their ca.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Throughout Tullahoma, there were reports of downed trees damaging homes and cars, and cell phones were reportedly jammed so it was hard to make outgoing calls.

And in McMinn County, a third tornado was confirmed by NWS. Officials estimate it was an EF-2 that hit around 1:30 a.m.

At least 30 structures were damaged, including homes and businesses, and around 20 people were taken to a hospital in McMinn County. No fatalities have been reported.