At least one dead and dozens injured by tornado in Alabama – News Now

(NEWS NOW) .- A A powerful tornado devastated areas of Birmingham, Alabama’s largest city, leaving at least one dead, nearly 30 injured, power failures and extensive damage to residences, a church and a hotel.

In Fultondale, a teenager died after being trapped in the basement of his house with his family, reported the city police.

“They were doing what they were supposed to be doing,” said the police chief. from Fultondale, based on CNN.

The family decided to take refuge in the basement after receiving the news of the dangerous tornado, but a tree fell on the house causing it to collapse and everyone was trapped. The young man died and several more were seriously injured.

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In total, authorities reported that about 30 people were injured at Fultondale, at least 17 were taken to the emergency room and 11 were treated at the scene.

Power lines went down on Interstate 65 and that caused several accidents.

Go rreports indicate that a Hampton Inn in Fultondale, north of Birmingham, sustained significant damage. Even the guests staying at the hotel escaped and sought refuge in a nearby restaurant when another storm hit.

He Birmingham National Weather Service confirmed that “a large and extremely dangerous tornado was located over Chalkville, or near Trussville, moving east at 50 mph ”on Monday night.

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The tornado originated from a line of storms between two major systems that have put more than 100 million people on winter weather alerts.

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The Tornado warnings and alerts have expired in parts of Alabama and Georgia. But now the same storm system is expected to dump snow in the northernmost states.

During the morning of this Tuesday, local authorities reported that an inspection of the damage will be carried out to determine the force of the tornado that hit Fultondale.

In the city of Center Point, northeast of Birmingham, also reported “quite a bit of damage” from the storm, Mayor Bobby Scot said.t a WBRC, affiliate of CNN.

The intense gusts of wind ripped off half the roof of Hilldale Baptist Church and caused severe damage to the city’s recreation center.

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The Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency urged people to stay out of the area as first responders try to reach the most damaged sites, according to CNN.

Now the storm system is expected to dump snow in other states, the heavier snowfall is forecast for Iowa.

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