Fultondale mayor updates injuries, tornado damage to city

Updated: Jan. 26, 2021 at 6:08 AM CST
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FULTONDALE, Ala. (WBRC) - A tragic Monday night in Fultondale after one person was killed in a tornado, dozens of other people were injured.

Mayor Larry Holcomb said one person was killed in the storm in the New Castle Road, Carson Road area.

At least 18 people were taken to a hospital with injuries. Eleven people were treated on the scene. According the NWS the Fultondale tornado has been given a rating of EF-3 with peak winds around 150 mph. NWS crews said intensity and width varied along its path. The EF-3 damage was focused near Lykes Blvd to New Castle Rd.

Russ Atchinson emailed WBRC FOX6 News a screen grab of video he took of Monday’s storm. WBRC FOX6 News Chief Meteorologist J-P Dice said the lightning appears to be illuminating the funnel. The video was shot from Tarrant:

Lightning appears to be illuminating the tornado funnel.
Lightning appears to be illuminating the tornado funnel.(Russ Atchison)

Holcomb and Jefferson County EMA leaders are asking people to stay out of Fultondale while first responders do their jobs, and crews work to move what debris they can. The mayor said people wanting to come in and see the damage have caused some traffic issues in the city already. The message? PLEASE don’t drive to Fultondale right now, stay home.

Meanwhile, another area of concern is Fultondale High School. Mayor Holcomb said he is hearing the school has major roof damage and the stadium was damaged.

Several Jefferson County schools are closed Tuesday.

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