Video from CNN partner WVTM
shows that the Hampton Inn in Fultondale, which is north of Birmingham and has around 9,000 residents, is loud Census data,
suffered significant damage during the storm. The subsidiary reported that guests at the hotel were able to escape the building and seek shelter at a nearby restaurant when another series of storms broke through.
“Significant damage has been reported. We will investigate the damage to determine the strength of the tornado,” said NWS Birmingham.
Earlier, the agency said on Twitter: “At 10:54 p.m. CST there was a confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado over Chalkville or near Trussville, moving east at 50 mph.”
About 13 miles northeast of Birmingham, the city of Center Point, the one population
Mayor Bobby Scott told CNN subsidiary WBRC that the storm caused “a fair amount of damage” to more than 16,000.
Scott said the back half of the roof of Hilldale Baptist Church is missing and the town’s recreation center was also damaged by the storm.
“Looks like we have a long day ahead of us tomorrow,” said Scott. “Hopefully we can cover it all up.”
“We don’t have any injuries to report at the moment, so we’re definitely grateful,” added the mayor.
The Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) has asked people to stay out of the area
as first responders try to reach the most damaged places.
“In addition to road hazards such as power lines and rubble … traffic clogs the streets,” he said Agency tweeted.
Eleven schools in the region will be closed for both face-to-face and virtual learning on Tuesday after the storm. Jefferson County EMA said on Twitter.
A tornado warning was issued for Jefferson County, Alabama, Monday night. NWS Birmingham said in a tweet.
The agency has since issued tornado warnings and clocks for several counties as that Line of storms
moves northeast through the state.
A tornado clock
remains in effect for parts of Alabama and Georgia
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
Christine Sever contributed to this report.
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