The city of Selma, Alabama, “has received significant damage Thursday from a tornado,” Mayor James Perkins Jr. said in a Facebook post.
The mayor asked residents to “please refrain from traveling the roadways and stay away from down power lines.”
“City crews will be out as soon as practical to clean up. In the meantime, stay safe and continue to report your damages through 911,” the post reads.
Severe storms are sweeping across the Southeast Thursday, already injuring several people in Alabama and leaving damage in several states with the potential for hours of more destruction ahead, authorities and forecasters say.
According to a Selma School District Facebook post, “At this time all schools are on weather lockdown. We encourage you to please refrain from attempting to check out students.”
“The Selma city school district is aware of the weather conditions. Schools have taken the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all of our scholars,” the district said.