According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the American KNMI, seven tornadoes crossed the state of Alabama. The damage was most severe in the vicinity of Birmingham. Also, 55,000 Americans in four different states were left without power due to the storms.
In the Birmingham area, the NWS sounded the alarm. “Tornado emergency plan, everyone,” reported it on Twitter. Take cover, low and in the middle of the house. Don’t wait until the last minute. Do it now.’ A video that circulates on social media shows how a motorist tries to escape a tornado.
“Several homes have been damaged, several people have been injured and at least five people have died,” the Calhoun County sheriff told CNN. He says he is concerned about a second tornado. “It may come over the same route.”
‘Everything started to shake’
Serious damage is reported in several places in Alabama. In Pelham, for example, between 30 and 50 homes were said to have been destroyed. A resident says how he narrowly escaped the tornado with his boss. “We were in the car and a little bit from my boss’s house when all hell broke loose,” Cesar Villaseñor told CNN. “Everything started to shake. I thought we were there.”