Tornado Emergency in Alabama

Funnel clouds approach Tuscaloosa in this photo taken looking north from Taylorsville. (The Birmingham News/Don Kausler Jr.)

Maps are Current Tornado Warnings as of 8pm…Click the pictures below for links to any updates on watches and warnings.

There is a large wedge tornado that has been down on the ground for over an hour!

It is estimated to be 1 and 1/2 miles wide!

Debris was falling in Birmingham 10 minutes before the thing went by. I am seeing it live and it is frightening.

Any readers in the south, please keep track of the weather in your area, this is going to be a very dangerous night.

Weather Channel is saying that buildings are completely gone in Birmingham.

***There is also a report of a tornado just South of Washington DC***

Will post updates as they come in.

EMA reports people trapped in Tuscaloosa following 2 tornadoes |

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — People are trapped in houses and businesses this evening after two tornadoes ripped through Tuscaloosa County, including one that hit just south of downtown, said Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Sgt. Andy Norris.

“We’ve got extensive structural damage within the city, houses and business hit and people trapped inside,” Norris said. “We are still trying to assess the extent of the damage.”

Norris said he didn’t know yet of any fatalities or injuries.

The first tornado hit north of county destroying several houses, Norris said. The second one came about 45 minutes later and came within a mile of downtown area, he said.

There are lots of video coming in I will try and embed them. However, you can click the links below for the video of this massive tornado.

VIDEO: Tuscaloosa Tornado Nearing Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium – SB Nation Atlanta

Live blog: Major damage in Tuscaloosa; storms rip through South – This Just In – Blogs

Monster Tuscaloosa Tornado Broadcast Live by Local News – Video | DBKP – Death By 1000 Papercuts – DBKP

Weather Channel reporting…There is a massive damage swath, over a mile wide…lots of damage. Tornado is a F4 or F5.

Tornado touches down in Cullman, Alabama | Alabama’s 13

[Updated at 7:18 p.m. ET]Authorities in Alabama have received unconfirmed reports of at least 12 deaths as a result of severe storms and tornadoes hitting the state, Gov. Robert Bentley said Wednesday evening.

“We don’t know exactly yet how many lives have been lost. Unconfirmed, we have at least 12, and possibly 13,” Bentley told reporters. “But we will continue, obviously, to find out that number, and we will also monitor the injuries that we have across the state and respond to those.”

Earlier, authorities said Wednesday’s storms killed six people in Alabama. Also killed Wednesday were five people in Mississippi and one person in Arkansas, according to authorities. Hundreds of thousands of people are without power.

Live stream of NBC in Birmingham: Live Stream | Alabama’s 13

Weather Channel is talking to mayor of Tuscaloosa, he is saying catastrophic damage, parts of the city have been wiped out.

VIDEO: Tornado Over Birmingham

VIDEO: Tornado Over Birmingham:

I tried to embed the video but I could not. Just click the link above.

19 Comments on “Tornado Emergency in Alabama”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    If you live anywhere in the South Eastern and Mid-Atlantic areas, please watch your local weather to make sure you stay safe!

    • Branjor says:

      Oh dear. Thanks, Minx. What a monster. There is so much extreme weather lately, apparently from global warming.

      I am seeing google ads below your post. Any idea what that is all about?

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        I tell you Branjor, watching that thing go across the screen north of Birmingham was amazing and terrifying.

        You look out tonight too woman, there is bad weather in PA and DC and it will be moving east…don’t know if Jersey is in the danger area, but make sure you check.

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        Man you are quick…about the ads. Boston Boomer will be explaining that in tomorrow mornings post.

      • Branjor says:

        I just checked and they are predicting thunderstorms for my area. But you need to watch out as the storms from Alabama are predicted to go into Georgia later tonight. For some reason I am still getting the Weather Channel even though I downgraded my cable service to basic to save money last week.

        As to the ads, just call me Speedy Gonzalez! 🙂 I hope they’re not permanent.

        • Minkoff Minx says:

          That tornado that went thru Tuscaloosa and Birmingham is hitting Rome GA now. The storm is heading straight for my redneck of the woods. Blairsville is in the direct path of that storm. I don’t think we will get tornado here, but strong winds…yeah. We are up at 2600 feet…near the top of our mountain.

      • dakinikat says:

        we’re experimenting …

      • Branjor says:

        Oh…I knew there had to be a reason I was seeing “California STD Clinic” (among other ads) on my screen.

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

    And by the way, that tornado that went through Tuscaloosa and Birmingham is still on the ground!

  3. janicen says:

    We’ve been getting EBS warnings on the TV since about 8:45 here in Central VA. I’m watching closely.

  4. madamab says:

    Everyone take care! I will have to call my dad and stepmom tomorrow to see if they’re okay. Unfortunately, they do not have a basement.

  5. Jadzia says:

    This is freaking terrifying. My sister and her baby live in Birmingham (Pell City) and we STILL have not heard from her (phone or email). I am assuming their electricity is out.

    • Hope they’re ok and you hear from them soon, Jadzia.

      • Jadzia says:

        Just did — she’s got no electricity and spotty phone service.

        I would certainly NOT recommend reading comments over at the NYT on the storm story. The first 35 I read were along the lines of (and I am paraphrasing), those red-staters don’t deserve a dime’s worth of assistance. I really, really thought I just couldn’t be appalled anymore, but there you have it.

  6. foxyladi14 says:

    be safe folks.

  7. dakinikat says:

    Delphyne posted this on her face book:

    US officials were Thursday monitoring a nuclear plant in the southern state of Alabama that lost power amid severe storms that swept through the region.

    The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said the Browns Ferry nuclear power plant near Athens, Alabama “lost offsite power early Wednesday evening due to severe storms that damaged power lines in the area.”

    The plant automatically shut down after losing offsite power and operators from the Tennessee Valley Authority are working to restore that supply, said the NRC, stressing the plant’s “safety systems have operated as needed.”