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Governor issues statement following severe weather impact

Gov. Kay Ivey delivers the 2019 state of the state address before a joint session of the Alabama Legislature in the Old House Chambers of the Alabama State Capitol on March 5, 2019. (Chip Brownlee/APR)

Late Monday night, severe weather impacted portions of Alabama when thunderstorms with some tornados rolled across parts of the state. Most affected was Town Creek where two people were killed and multiple people were injured. Following the storms, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) commented on the devastation.

“This morning, I began the process of calling local leaders who were affected by last night’s storm,” Gov. Ivey said. “I join the community of Town Creek in grieving the loss of a husband and wife. While most of us slept through the storm, a family is waking up today devastated. I will be praying for their family and the community, and I offer any assistance from the state that is available as they start the process of rebuilding.”

“I urge everyone to remember those who were affected, whether it be those who have lost family members, those who were injured or those who lost their homes,” Gov. Ivey said. “We must support our neighbors during the days to come and remind them they are not alone. I also want to thank Alabama’s first responders who were out in the middle of the storm, risking their own lives, to protect and aid their fellow Alabamians.”

“I was deeply saddened to hear of the deaths in last night’s Tennessee Valley storms,” Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) said. “Martha and I are thinking about those who lost loved ones, were injured, and experienced property damage. Please join me in praying for the storm victims and expressing appreciation for the dedicated first responders who put their safety on the line everyday but especially during severe weather events.”

“Horrible news out of Lawrence County tonight,” Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) said. “Prayers for the families impacted and for the first responders.”

Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth (R) said, “Join me in prayer for the family and friends of those lost in the Lawrence County tornados. These families need our support and encouragement as they navigate this difficult time.”

Since 1945, when accurate records first began to be tabulated, more Alabamians have been killed by tornados than people in any other state. Texas is second. Every family in Alabama should have a severe weather plan in place, monitor severe weather events, and heed all warnings to seek appropriate shelter.

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Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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