CNN BREAKING NEWS
Deadly Storms Kill at Least 32
Aired November 11, 2002 - 07:18 ET
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BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: We are watching more and more videotape here on AMERICAN MORNING -- that is violent storms that started late yesterday afternoon and now killing at least 32 so far; at least 8 dead in the state of Alabama, 6 in Walker County alone.
And Dennis Washington of our affiliate WBRC right now in Carbon Hill, Alabama.
Where is that exactly? Dennis - good morning.
DENNIS WASHINGTON, CNN AFFILIATE WBRC REPORTER: Good morning. Carbon Hill is about an hour-and-a-half northwest of Birmingham.
And the problem is with this storm damage tonight -- just take a look around me. You can see this morning as we're finally getting daybreak, not much left of what this used to be an elementary school here in the Carbon Hill area -- much of the building. This was the principal's office you're looking at right now. The roof completely gone, the windows blown out, many of the brick walls now tumbling and laying in pieces on the ground.
Take a look at some of the video from last night as well here in the Carbon Hill area. We're not sure if lightening caused one of the houses to burn to the ground last night. It certainly created much of a show here in the area.
Storm damage also pulled the roof off of the old town hall here in Carbon Hill; many trees down, power lines down.
At the last count, we're now getting updated figures as we speak this morning, 9 people dead in the Walker County area of Alabama; another death in Cherokee County, Alabama. So, a total of 10 in Alabama; more than 50 injured.
A lot of cleaning up to do here in the Carbon Hill area.
HEMMER: Hey, Dennis, quickly, how much warning from yesterday?
WASHINGTON: It's not certain. The weather service did a really good job as far as putting out tornado watches. I know a tornado watch was in effect for this area at least six hours in advance. There were many tornado warnings issued in effect at this time when these storms came through, but there were so many storms.
This storm came through at one time, and then an hour later, another came through. So, it was a very dangerous situation last night. HEMMER: Indeed it was. Thank you, Dennis -- Dennis Washington, WBRC, reporting in Alabama -- nine dead in Walker County, as Dennis reported; another dead in Cherokee.
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