Large tornado in Alabama causes damage near Aliceville and Carrollton
PUBLISHED Tue, February 02, 2016 - 6:06pm EST
A "large and extremely dangerous tornado" has caused serious structure damage near the towns of Aliceville and Carrollton in Alabama, forecasters and witnesses say. Tornado warnings for those areas have now been canceled. (more)
The tornado, described as "large and extremely dangerous," moved from an area northwest of Aliceville to nearby Carrollton and then near the town of Reform. A tornado emergency, which is more serious than a tornado warning, was briefly in effect for Carrollton, but that emergency has since been canceled.
There were multiple reports of downed trees, power lines, and several reports of structures having been destroyed, but there was no immediate word on the extent of the damage or whether anyone had been hurt. The Pickens County Medical Center in Carrollton said people had taken shelter in its emergency room but said it had not yet received any casualties.
Footage from local TV station WBRC-TV showed damaged structures northwest of Aliceville, and the National Weather Service confirmed that it had received reports of "significant structure damage." Serious damage has also been reported at the federal prison in Aliceville and in the small town of McMullen, where multiple mobile homes have been destroyed.
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