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State of emergency declared in Alabama after tornadoes

Flooding in Colbert County. Flooding in Colbert County.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) -

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency for the entire state as a result of severe weather.

"Some of our communities have already experienced significant damage as a result of the tornadoes that began moving through Alabama earlier today," Bentley said. "By issuing a State of Emergency, I am directing all state agencies to take necessary actions to respond to Alabama communities that need help."

According to the governor, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency is activating the State Emergency Operations Center in Clanton to a level two at 7 p.m. Monday. The governor has also authorized the mobilization of 100 Alabama National Guard members to be on stand by.

First responders and law enforcement are already assisting communities that have experienced damage. The Limestone County Sheriff confirmed at least two people were killed after a tornado moved through Monday afternoon. Four others were injured in Clements.

Limestone County Schools will be closed on Tuesday because of damage and power outages.

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency is encouraging residents to prepare, plan and stay information as the severe weather approaches. It's also important to minimize travel during severe weather.

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