5 people reported dead following Ala. tornado

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She also issued a statement via Twitter late Thursday following reports of residents killed in the storms. "Tragically, we are receiving reports of loss of life".

A TORNADO WARNING means one has been spotted or is detected on radar in your county. "Please stay off the road and do not go into tornado damaged areas". Unfortunately, the day is not over yet. Experts forecasted strong, long track tornadoes in Northeast Mississippi, Northwest Alabama and Southern Tennessee Thursday evening.

Authorities remain unsure of the extent of damage in Alabama, as the severe weather is continuing on Thursday afternoon, inhibiting search and research efforts.

TheNational Weather Service (NWS) office in Birmingham issued a "tornado emergency" for areas just south and east of the city.

Severe tornadoes struck Alabama as Southern states are bracing for a second round of high risk tornado threats.

Spann's colleague, ABC 33/40 meteorologist Taylor Sarallo, then took over the broadcast when Alabama's preeminent meteorologist heard the grim news.

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"Nothing is good about this", said Spann as he tracked another "violent" tornado through Bibb County at 5:15 p.m. "Nothing".

In Tennessee, a thunderstorm moving up to 80 miles per hour brought hail, strong winds and tree damage as it tore through the state.

"Thinking of everyone in Alabama and all of those impacted by the severe weather across the South tonight", she tweeted Thursday night.

"I'll shoot straight with you guys, that's my backyard", he said.

A tornado outbreak is expected today into early this evening across parts of the Southeast northward into Tennessee.

Up to 4 inches of rain - with higher amounts possible - is expected in northern Alabama, according to the weather service in Huntsville.

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