Alabama storm: Nine children and one adult killed in crash

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 21, 2021

Disaster struck as the ranch's 15-passenger van was returning from a beach vacation, driven by Tallapoosa Ranch director Candice Gulley, the only survivor aboard, who suffered serious injuries and was later hospitalized, said Michael Smith, chief executive of the nonprofit organization.

Mr Garlock said a father and nine-month-old girl died in one of the cars.

Investigators say the accident was likely caused by the vehicles hydroplaning during the storms.

Meanwhile, a 24-year-old man and a 3-year-old boy were killed when a tree fell on their house just outside the Tuscaloosa city limits Saturday, Capt. Marty Sellers of the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit told The Tuscaloosa News.

"We lost eight young people that can make a difference in our world, we lost eight young people that didn't have a chance to have their own children, we lost eight young people that can't break the cycle of where they've been and change it for their children", Smith said.

"Please send prayers our way as we navigate this hard time", the Tallapoosa ranch said in a Facebook post.

"This is the worst accident in our county history", Bond told Reuters.

A second bus carrying children from the ranch avoid the crash.

"It was horrendous. I've never seen anything like it in my whole life", Smith said.

"During that time, 74 girls went through our house and called us moms and dads", she told Opelika-Auburn News in August 2019. In the community before she became the director of the ranch.

The NHC and the National Weather Service warned that Claudette could yield heavy rainfall and flash flooding through Saturday night and into Sunday across parts of the southeastern states, then restrengthen back into a tropical storm as it moves into the Carolinas.

Storm total rainfall of 5 to 10 inches with isolated 15 inch amounts was observed in southeast Louisiana, southern MS, southern Alabama, and the western Florida panhandle, the National Hurricane Center reported late Sunday morning. WVUA-TV report.Tuscaloosa County Office for Emergency Management Tweet Having local Red Cross volunteers at hand to help those affected. A shelter was opened in Northport.

The system was about 25 miles (35 km) west of Atlanta.

Shortly after landing, suspected tornadoes caused by a storm destroyed or severely damaged at least 50 homes in a small town in Alabama, just north of the Florida border.

Escambia County Sheriff Heath Jackson said mobile home parks were "almost leveled" by torn houses and wind-fallen trees in high school gymnasiums. Most of the damage occurred in or near the towns of Bruton and East Bruton, about 48 miles (77 kilometers) north of Pensacola, Florida.

"It affects everyone a bit", Jackson said.

According to reports, a tornado has also occurred in southwestern Georgia.

The damage from the storm was also felt in northern Florida, where winds-in some cases up to 85 miles per hour (137 km/h)-caused an 18-wheel truck to roll over.

Forecasters said isolated flooding could result from heavy rainfall in some areas north of Cape Fear, along with isolated tornadoes from early Sunday into Sunday night.

The deaths came after Claudette battered parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and the Florida Panhandle with high winds on Saturday, tearing roofs off houses and flipping an 18-wheeler and a mobile home.

According to forecasters, the system can rain 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) in the area and can store 8 inches (20 centimeters) in isolation.

In addition, Tropical Storm Dolores made landfall on the west coast of Mexico with an intensity close to that of a hurricane. The wreckage had a maximum wind speed of 25 mph and was concentrated about 170 miles east of Mazatlan, Mexico.

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