Tornado Emergency in AlabamaPosted: April 27, 2011
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.
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.
Weather Channel reporting…There is a massive damage swath, over a mile wide…lots of damage. Tornado is a F4 or F5.
[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.
I tried to embed the video but I could not. Just click the link above.