BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – A Christmastime wave of severe weather continued to make its way around the South as a tornado touched down in north-central Alabama, including part of Birmingham, the state’s largest city.
Witnesses spotted the funnel outside the city about 5 p.m. on Friday. An hour later, the National Weather Service confirmed that first responders were on the scene along Jefferson Avenue in a working-class neighborhood about eight miles from downtown Birmingham.
Lt. Sean Edwards, a Birmingham police spokesman, said trees are down and people were trapped inside damaged houses, adding that several people were taken to hospitals for treatment of minor injuries.
Alabama Power reported Friday night that 10,000 of its customers, mainly in the Birmingham area, are without power.
Unseasonably warm weather on Wednesday helped spawn torrential rain and tornadoes that left at least 14 people dead in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi and left dozens of families homeless by Christmas Eve.
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said in a statement Friday night that there were reports of another death and another person missing.