By Dakin Andone and Hollie Silverman, CNN
Updated 9:00 PM ET, Sun March 3, 2019


(CNN) More than a dozen people have been confirmed dead after a series of tornadoes touched down in Alabama and Georgia on Sunday afternoon.

Fourteen people have died in Lee County, Alabama, according to Sheriff Jay Jones. Among the dead are both children and adults, he said.


At least 12 of those deaths occurred in an area about 5 to 6 miles south of Opelika, Alabama, Jones said.
"We have a pretty significant area of damage," Jones told CNN's Ana Cabrera. He estimated a path of destruction about half a mile wide stretched several miles to the east from where the tornado touched down.

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