14-year-old boy killed in overnight tornado in Fultondale

Preliminary damage survey indicates EF-3 tornado
Updated: Jan. 26, 2021 at 8:05 PM CST
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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - Jefferson County Superintendent Walter Gonsoulin confirmed Tuesday a 14-year-old boy, a 9th grader, was killed in the tornado in Fultondale Monday night.

The boy was identified by the Jefferson County Coroner Tuesday afternoon as Elliott Hernandez, a student at Fultondale High School.

“Out of respect for the family we don’t want to release too much information at this particular time,” said Dr. Gonsoulin. “But we do know that it’s a 14-year-old student in the 9th grade. Which, again, adds to the saddest of the situation.”

Fultondale Mayor Larry Holcomb told WBRC FOX6 News the teenager was killed in the area of Carson Road and New Castle Road.

If you can help, you can donate to a gofundme account set up for Elliott’s family.

Holcomb added there were 18 people taken to the hospital with injuries and 11 people treated at the scene.

On Tuesday evening, the National Weather Service said the preliminary damage survey results indicate EF-3 tornado damage with peak winds of 150 mph and a damage path of 9.5 miles.

First responders from several agencies continued searching for and removing possible trapped storm victims in Jefferson County Tuesday morning. Assistant Fire Chief Justin McKenzie with the Fultondale Fire Department said crews were able to save six people Tuesday morning.

Assistant Fire Chief Justin McKenzie with the Fultondale Fire Department said just after 3:30 a.m. that “we do have possible fatalities, can not confirm the number yet. We still have search and rescue crews out working.” McKenzie also confirmed earlier Tuesday morning there were “many injuries or deaths at this time.”

There are multiple reports of damage in northern Jefferson County after a tornado touched down late Monday night.

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A Tornado Warning was issued just after 10:30 p.m. and reports of damage began to come in soon afterward.

There is confirmed damage to several structures on Walker Chapel Road in Fultondale including a Hampton Inn, Comfort Inn and Suites, a Chili’s restaurant and possibly an Outback Steakhouse.

There are also reports of damage to homes in the Fultondale area.

Other images show some serious damage at the intersection of North Pine Hill Road and Carson Road.

There are also reports of damage on Sunhill Road in Center Point. The mayor of Center Point confirmed there was roof damage at Hilldale Baptist Church in addition to trees down in the same area. The church’s steeple was blown off the roof.

Ellard Road in Fultondale
Ellard Road in Fultondale(WBRC)
Ellard Road in Fultondale
Ellard Road in Fultondale(WBRC)

The Hoover Fire Department assisted Fultondale first responders in helping with a search and rescue after the storms.

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