At least six people died yesterday in Otoga County in the central part of the US state of Alabama when a storm passed through the southern states of the US, the New York Times reported, cited by Reuters and the Associated Press.

The storm damaged homes and left tens of thousands of customers without power in parts of Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama.

A powerful tornado has damaged residential buildings and uprooted trees.

The city of Selma was particularly hard hit by the tornado, Mayor James Perkins' office announced on social media. 

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The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning for several counties north of Alabama's capital, Montgomery, as the system moved east.