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Nine people dead after series of tornados and thunderstorms hit Alabama, US

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NINE people have died after a series of tornados and thunderstorms devastated communities.

Video footage showed buildings and vehicles destroyed, trees uprooted and debris scattered in the city of Selma, Alabama, in the US.

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Nine people have died after a series of tornados and thunderstorms devastated communities[/caption]

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Video footage showed buildings and vehicles destroyed, trees uprooted and debris scattered in the city of Selma, Alabama, in the US[/caption]

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Scene of devastation in the city of Selma – where residents were told to wear helmets[/caption]

Another video gives a tour of the city where buildings have had their roofs caved in as well as shopfronts have been completely blown out.

The National Weather Service has said: “If you need to seek shelter, get helmets, something to protect your head, get to the centre most room, lowest level.

“Smaller rooms (bathrooms, closets) are better than large rooms.

“Get your pets. Get your safety kit. Mobile homes are not safe, get to a sturdy building.”

The National Weather Service also said “winds of at least 60 mph, large, quarter sized hail, and tornadoes remain possible” after the tornado warning remained in effect until 5 pm.

Neighbouring state Georgia was also badly hit. Tens of thousands of properties were left without power, officials said. 

The footage was filmed in January 12.

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