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The aftermath of the tornadoes in Ohatchee, Alabama. Photo: Julie Bennett via Getty Images

A major outbreak of high-end, "violent" tornadoes and severe storms ripped through the South on Thursday, leaving behind debris and destruction.

The big picture: At least six people were killed. Severe weather in this region can be especially deadly due to the housing types that are prevalent here, including large numbers of mobile homes, Axios' Andrew Freedman writes.

  • In Alabama, the worst-hit state, a tornado killed at least five people and injured several others. At least one person died during the severe weather in Georgia, officials said.
  • Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky and several states in the Midwest also experienced severe storms.

What to watch: More storms could hit the region in coming days.

Photos from the severe weather:
Danny Poss (left), pastor of Ragan Chapel United Methodist Church, and Michael Dunbar of the United Methodist Disaster Relief team survey tornado damage inside the fellowship hall in Ohatchee, Alabama. Photo: Julie Bennett via Getty Images
Bare trees are seen around a home significantly damaged in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images
A house sits among the damage of a neighborhood in Ohatchee, Alabama. Photo: Julie Bennett via Getty Images
A family examines their damaged home in Ohatchee, Alabama. Photo: Julie Bennett via Getty Images
Storm damage from multiple tornados is seen along the road in Ohatchee, Alabama. Photo: Julie Bennett via Getty Images
A flood of water spilled over onto a road in Ohatchee, Alabama. Photo: Julie Bennett via Getty Images
A volunteer picks up artwork found in debris surrounding a destroyed home in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

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Updated Mar 25, 2021 - Science

Tornado outbreak in the South kills 5 in Alabama

Simulated radar showing numerous heavy showers and thunderstorms across the South and Southeast during the afternoon of March 25, 2021. Credit: WeatherBell.

A tornado killed at least five people and injured several others in Calhoun County, Alabama, the county's coroner confirmed Thursday evening, according to NBC-affiliate WVTM13.

The big picture: A major tornado outbreak featuring high-end, "violent" tornadoes is underway across the South, with cities including Birmingham and Nashville at risk of severe weather.

Mar 25, 2021 - World

In photos: Uyghurs in Turkey protest visit by Chinese foreign minister

An Uyghur child at the protest in Istanbul on March 25, 2021. Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP via Getty Images

Hundreds of Uyghurs filled the streets of Ankara and Istanbul on Thursday, protesting a visit to Turkey by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and calling on the Turkish government to denounce human rights abuses against Uyghurs in China, AP reports.

Why it matters: Despite having one of the largest populations of the Turkic Muslim minority outside of China, Turkey has been reluctant to vocally criticize Beijing on the issue due to the two countries' economic ties, according to AP.

Mar 25, 2021 - Sports

In photos: Olympic torch relay finally under way in Japan

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Grand Start torchbearers from Japan's women's national soccer team, or Nadeshiko Japan, lead the torch relay in Naraha, Fukushima prefecture on March 25. Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The Tokyo Olympic torch relay began Thursday in Fukushima prefecture, Japan, one year after the world’s largest sporting event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the record: The relay underscores the Japanese government's resolve to forge ahead with the Olympics despite the pandemic. Confirmed deaths from the coronavirus in Japan remain under 9,000, but officials are still reporting more than 1,000 new cases a day — prompting health experts to warn that "a fourth wave is in sight," per the New York Times.