Terrifying videos captured a deadly tornado outbreak that has caused a trail of destruction in the south with five reported dead.
In a video posted on Twitter from WBRC Fox 6 in Birmingham, Alabama, a large funnel forming in the distance can be seen as the sky overhead gets darker and darker. Damaging winds toppled homes and trees and knocked out power to tens of thousands, the Associated Press reported in a piece published Friday. (RELATED: Tornado Leaves At Least One Dead, Twenty Injured In Alabama)
— WBRC FOX6 News (@WBRCnews) March 25, 2021
Fourteen tornadoes were reported in Calhoun County on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service, along with one in Georgia and one in Mississippi, CNN reported.
Five people are dead and there are multiple injuries reported after a string of twisters tore through the area, County Sheriff Matthew Wade told the outlet. (RELATED: Tornadoes, Hail And Flash Flooding: Blizzard Warnings In Effect For Several States)
“There’s numerous homes damaged, numerous people injured, and at least five fatalities,” Wade shared.
“We’re worrying about the second storm that’s coming through, possibly on the same track,” he added.
In another clip posted on the social media site, we can the giant tornado as it approached Interstate 65 in Calera.
— Live Storms Media (@LiveStormsMedia) March 26, 2021
#URGENT: Tornado emergency issued for south Birmingham, Alabama
A large and violent wedge shaped tornado is passing through the southern end of the city at this time. The weather service has called this a ‘catastrophic event’!
— Intel Point ALERTS (@IntelPointAlert) March 25, 2021
— Aaron Jayjack (@aaronjayjack) March 26, 2021
Tornado intercept – Crossing I65 Calera, Alabama #alwx #skybama #tornado
***NOT FOR BROADCAST*** Contact Brett Adair with Live Storms Media to license. firstname.lastname@example.org pic.twitter.com/jSsrjicIzM
— Kevin Henderson (SkyBama) (@kd4zgn) March 26, 2021
The National Weather Service office issued a “tornado emergency” for areas just south and east of the city, in Shelby and Jefferson counties, the outlet noted.
“Tornado safety plans, everyone,” the office posted on Twitter. “Get low, get in the middle of the building. DON’T WAIT TO THE LAST MINUTE. TAKE COVER NOW!”
Videos and pictures have since surfaced on Twitter showing the destruction left by the tornadoes.
MASSIVE damage path with wedge #tornado in Brent, Alabama looks to be a mile-wide at least as tornado widened to the east of Highway 5. Hardwood trees shaved off just above the ground. Centreville just East. Long road of recovery ahead. @RadarOmega_WX pic.twitter.com/76kdEN1GTY
— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) March 26, 2021
A series of tornadoes have pummeled Alabama, reducing some homes to rubble and leaving at least three dead and thousands without power. Search and rescue efforts were complicated as strong weather continued to rake across the region. https://t.co/VKwWCMGj76
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 25, 2021
Pelham, AL, Fire Chief Michael Reid said 60 homes in the area were damaged, with 22 having “major damage.”
Thursday’s multiple tornadoes have impacted the blood supply throughout Alabama. All types of blood are needed. https://t.co/jVGCFI2SiM
— ABC 33/40 News (@abc3340) March 26, 2021