NWS: EF-2 tornado damage confirmed in Sawyerville; 1 killed

1 person was killed, 3 others were injured
Published: Feb. 3, 2022 at 3:08 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 4, 2022 at 12:36 PM CST
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HALE Co., Ala. (WBRC) - We are getting reports of tornado damage and injuries across the state of Alabama.

The National Weather Service confirms an EF-2 tornado touched down in Sawyerville Thursday.

The Hale County EMA Director Russell Weeden has confirmed to us that one person has died, three have “super critical” injuries, and five have minor injuries after storms hit Hale County on Thursday.

A relative says the woman killed was Gwendolyn Whitfield.

Weeden says Whitfield was pulled from beneath a home. He also says the three people who were critically injured were pulled from the same mobile home.

Officials are asking people to stay off the roads in the areas hit by the storms Thursday because some of them haven’t been cleared yet. Power crews were still out working until midnight. We’re told most roads have at least one lane open, but there are still many downed trees and it’s dangerous to be out.

Weeden says the worst hit place in the county was the Mason Bend area. We understand Weeden was going around Green Street, knocking on doors, making sure everyone was OK.

Weeden said the tornado traveled across Highway 14 and then County Road 30. Most of the injuries suffered were in the County Road 30 area.

He doesn’t know how many homes were damaged or destroyed.

Residents who don’t have anywhere safe to stay Thursday night are being told to go to the Greensboro Baptist Church where the Red Cross is assisting folks.

Damage in Sawyerville, Hale Co.
Damage in Sawyerville, Hale Co.(Bryan Wilson @dualdoppler)

Tuscaloosa County EMA officials said 35th Street was flooded and cars were being turned around. At least one appeared to go underwater. EMA leaders said, “Please be aware of your surroundings and remember TURN AROUND AND DON’T DROWN!”

Flooding on 35th St in Tuscaloosa
Flooding on 35th St in Tuscaloosa(Tuscaloosa County EMA)

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