A tornado produced “significant” damage in the Birmingham, Alabama, area on Thursday amid the second major tornado outbreak this month to strike the region, according to the National Weather Service.
The supercell storm has produced a series of tornadoes that produced significant damage in the southern suburbs of Birmingham.The tornado continued on the ground east of Birmingham over Ohatchee. Local media reports that five people were killed in Ohatchee, citing the Calhoun County Sheriff.
The Storm Prediction Center flagged Thursday’s tornado watch for the area a “Particularly Dangerous Situation.”
The Pelham, Alabama, Police Department confirmed that multiple homes have been damaged. A number of roads in the area are impassable, the department says.
The department tweeted video of some of the damage.
Whorton Bend, Alabama, fire said that multiple homes have been damaged in the town.
Several people on social media shared video of the tornado, which appeared to show a wedge-shaped funnel scrapping the ground.
There is no word yet on injuries.
Storms are expected to continue in the South well into the evening on Thursday.