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Tornado watch in effect for Southeast, thunderstorms to hit near coast

Damaged properties near the intersection of County Road 24 and 37 in Clanton, Ala., are shown early Thursday, March 18, 2021, the morning after a large outbreak of severe storms pounded the southeast. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

Damaged properties near the intersection of County Road 24 and 37 in Clanton, Ala., are shown early Thursday, March 18, 2021, the morning after a large outbreak of severe storms pounded the southeast. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

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UPDATED 8:05 PM PT – Thursday, March 18, 2021

A storm system headed through the southeast had multiple counties under tornado warnings. According to reports on Thursday, counties in northeast Florida, southeast Georgia and parts of South Carolina were under tornado warnings until 6 p.m.

The low-pressure system was also predicted to bring thunderstorms and hail to many counties in the area. Meteorologists said cool air reduced the risk for strong tornadoes, however, damaging winds and low strength twisters were still predicted.

The sun rises over weather-damaged properties at the intersection of County Road 24 and 37 in Clanton, Ala., following a large outbreak of severe storms across the southeast, Thursday, March 18, 2021. Possible tornadoes knocked down trees, toppled power lines and damaged homes in multiple locations across the state of Alabama. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

The sun rises over weather-damaged properties at the intersection of County Road 24 and 37 in Clanton, Ala., following a large outbreak of severe storms across the southeast, Thursday, March 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

 

The same storm brought more than two dozen tornadoes to the south Thursday. Reports said 19 tornadoes touched down in Alabama. While many buildings were damaged, no fatalities were reported.

“We had buildings and stuff destroyed but those things can be replaced,” Chilton County, Alabama Sheriff John Shearon stated. “Lives can’t.”

Forecasters anticipated the worst of the storm will move off the southeastern coast Thursday evening.

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