Straight-line winds can be just as destructive as tornadoes

Take severe weather warnings seriously

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - It’s another reminder that you must take weather warnings seriously, even if a tornado is not produced.

“Straight line winds can produce just as much damage as a tornado can,” said Melissa Sizemore, Jefferson County EMA. “If you see there is a severe thunderstorm, with a history of producing straight line wind damage, do the same thing you do during a tornado warning, take shelter.”

The EMA says in Jefferson County alone there were at least 15 reports of damage on Thursday.

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