Drone footage catches havoc after Alabama tornado


A drone captured significant damage left in the wake of a tornado that swept through central Alabama, killing one person and injuring at least 20 others.

The footage shows damaged roofs, broken walls and the frame of the house in Fultondale, a northern suburb of Birmingham. Several piles of debris were seen scattered on the roads and covering the destroyed houses.

Other videos showed stranded vehicles, power lines and trees falling from the ground.

Fultondale, which is a city of about 9,000, was the most “tornado-ridden county” in Alabama, said Jim Coker, director of the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency.

He said the storm was moving through Fultondale on Monday night toward the nearby focal point.

Emergency management officials urged people to seek refuge during the storm and asked people to submit reports of damage. Officials asked the public to stay away from Fultondale and Center Point.

Coker said in an email to NBC News on Tuesday that rescue teams and emergency officials were still “very much in response mode”.

The Birmingham Office of the National Weather Service said the damage would be assessed to determine the strength of the tornado.


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