Severe weather continues Thursday as authorities investigate damage to small towns around Alabama.
A tornado struck small communities south of Birmingham, Alabama on Thursday and inflicted massive damage, including many homes and a civic center, police said, as a giant supercell is expected to spawn more tornadoes in the southern United States.
The utility lines also had been shot along Highways 119 and 31 in Pelham, a town of about 20,000 people about 30 miles south of Birmingham, the Pelham Police Department said on Twitter.
“Extensive damage to the community of Crosscreek,” the police department said in a second tweet. “Please stay away from the road and do not enter areas damaged by tornadoes.”
WE CANNOT RELIEVE THIS ENOUGH: PLEASE STAY OFF THE ROAD AND DO NOT GO THROUGH TORNADO DAMAGED AREAS.
– Pelham Police Department (@PelhamPoliceAL) March 25, 2021
Pelham Police released photos showing damaged houses, trees and power lines that had been blown down.
Videos from Eagle Point, another town outside of Birmingham, which were shared on social media, showed extensive damage.
– WBRC FOX6 News (@WBRCnews) March 25, 2021
The National Meteorological Service has warned that a large weather cell would continue to hit Alabama and small parts of neighboring states with high speed winds, hail and tornadoes.
– NWS Huntsville (@NWSHuntsville) March 25, 2021
Authorities remain uncertain of the extent of the damage in Alabama because the bad weather continues Thursday afternoon, inhibition of research and research efforts.
Stephen Quinn, a reporter for local television station ABC33 / 40, said on Twitter that “several people have left their homes in the Eagle Point subdivision and have been hospitalized. Extent of injury unknown ”.
Pelham Police said on Twitter that “many homes had been damaged” in the area, but no information on the injuries was immediately available.