1 dead, others injured following Alabama tornado

Alabama News

FULTONDALE, Ala. (WIAT) — Neighborhoods in Fultondale were littered with debris after severe storms passed through northern Jefferson County Monday night.

Early Tuesday morning, Fultondale Mayor Larry Holcomb said the city has received about 30 reports of minor injuries, including scratches and bruises after the storm passed through. Eighteen of those injured have been transported to hospitals for treatment. Areas with the most severe damage include Carson Road, Newcastle Road and the Darlene Estates area.

“There are still people trapped in their homes that we are trying to access at this time,” Holcomb said early Tuesday morning.

In addition, Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates confirmed there was at least one person who was killed in the tornado. He was later identified as 14-year-old Elliot Hernandez.

A guest at the Hampton Inn in Center Point told CBS 42 that the roof of his room collapsed. He said he’s OK and isn’t aware of other injuries at the hotel.

As of 1:25 a.m. Tuesday, search-and-rescues were underway in Fultondale. According to Holcomb, first responders from the following areas assisted: Gardendale, Birmingham, Hoover, Mountain Brook, Tarrant, and Center Point.

Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statement Tuesday morning on Twitter regarding the damage in Fultondale.

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin says has spoken with Fultondale Mayor Larry Holcomb and Center Point Mayor Bobby Scott about how the city can support them.

Sen. Tommy Tuberville also expressed his condolences.

Following the storm, several roads were impassable and power lines were down, Fultondale City Council Member Billy Hughes told CBS 42 in a live interview. Keeping people off the city roads and out of the area is critical to the emergency response, Holcomb added.

“I know there are trees on some houses. We’re praying those people are OK,” Hughes said.

According to Alabama Power, as of 2:50 a.m., there were less than 12,000 outages in the state. Center Point Mayor Bobby Scott tells CBS 42 that Alabama Power crews are responding.

The Gardendale Civic Center has opened its doors for anyone in need of a place of shelter.

Fultondale High School was among several schools in Jefferson County that closed Tuesday as a result of the storm damage.

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