Clay Hammac told the news outlet.
Review your severe weather safety procedures for the possibility of risky weather today.
"We can not stress this enough: Please stay off the road and do not go into tornado-damaged areas", the department tweeted. "We are literally going house to house to check on everyone".
The storms, which spread Thursday afternoon from MS to Georgia and up to Tennessee, were headed northeast, according to forecasters. "We have airplanes torn apart like toys".
According to poweroutage.us, there are more than 17,000 people without power as of late Thursday afternoon. He said investigation teams will review eight suspected tornado tracks, and the final twister number will depend on if any of those tracks can be connected.
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First Lady Jill Biden postponed a trip to Birmingham and Jasper, Ala., that she had planned for Friday because of the severe weather, her office said in a news release.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham announced a suspension of all operation due to the severe weather and opened all campus storm shelters. Y'all please stay safe and vigilant!'
Officials report 3 people have died in Ohatchee, Alabama in Calhoun County.
Others were injured and thousands lost power from the powerful tornadoes, part of a series of storms that roared through the South.
While Alabama appeared to bear the brunt of Thursday's tornado outbreak, forecasters warned of unsafe thunderstorms, flash floods and possible twisters from eastern MS into western Georgia, and northward into Tennessee and Kentucky.