Transcript for Powerful storms coast-to-coast bring snow and ice
We're also tracking several storms on the move at this hour. Alerts in at least 25 states tonight. And we have now learned that deadly tornado in Alabama was at least an ef-2, winds of up to 135 miles per hour. A teenager killed while hiding in the basement with his family. Tonight, the story of another family surviving, sheltering in a bathtub. Marcus Moore now from Alabama. Reporter: Tonight, that powerful winter storm making travel treacherous for millions. Up to a foot of blowing snow in spots and ice. In Michigan, police dash cam capturing a car sliding off the road. In the deep south, tornado sirens piercing the night as the storm closed in on communities north and east of Birmingham. So if you are in that polygon, this is the time to go to a safe place. Reporter: First responders launching a massive search and rescue operation. This hotel ripped apart. Terrified guests inside. The lights were gone. The internal sirens were going off. People were screaming. Reporter: Daylight revealing a town torn to pieces. Meteorologists believe it was at least a high-end ef-2 tornado with 135-mile-an-hour winds. Some 30 people hurt. Tragically, a 14-year-old boy sheltering in a basement with family did not survive. We met Brittany vice who rode out the storm with her 2-month-old daughter, Hallie, and other relatives in a bathtub. Got them, went to the bathroom and the dogs didn't make it to the door before the tornado hit. Reporter: It was that quick? It was that quick. Reporter: Just down the street, Michael Holloway surviving in his hallway. Me being as big of a guy as I am, I got into as small of a ball as I could and I prayed. Reporter: The severe weather part of several storms hitting the U.S. This week. Six people were hurt in this pileup in Colorado. David, we are back outside that hotel that sustained serious damage. There are cars here crushed under the heavy debris. And by all accounts, this storm developed quickly and those in its path had only minutes to take cover. David? All part of that major system. We're thinking about those families. Marcus, thank you. Let's get right to rob Marciano tracking these systems as they move across the country. Hey, rob. Reporter: Good evening, David. That storm that dropped that tornado and over a foot of snow in the midwest is weakened. Now we have three storms on the map. We have to get rid of this storm in the northeast tonight. Another one to three inches potentially, but it's all done by 10:00 A.M. That second storm heads towards the mid south and maybe a pulse of snow across the Carolinas. And then the atmospheric river coming into California, it's a two-day event, going to bring feet of snow and massive amounts of rain to California. Almost a certainty we'll see debris floes and mudslides this week.
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