Hemera/Thinkstock(ROSALIE, Ala.) — At least three people have died and four children are in critical condition after severe weather and reported tornadoes tore across the state of Alabama early Wednesday, destroying dozens of structures, including a 24-hour daycare facility.
The National Weather Service confirmed three fatalities after a reported tornado destroyed homes and businesses in the town of Rosalie.
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About 15 to 20 structures were destroyed, including the Macklin Baptist Church and Rosalie Plaza, a convenience store, gas station and strip mall, according to the weather service and Rocky Harman, Chief Deputy of Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Harman said there were also several injuries, one of them critical.
The weather service said it received several preliminary reports of tornadoes in Alabama.
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Another reported tornado wounded multiple people, including the four children in critical condition, after ripping through a 24-hour daycare near the town of Ider along Highway 117, the NWS said.
The daycare is “completely destroyed,” the weather service said.
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