VIDEO: Tornado touches down, causes damage in Pickens Co.

Published: Feb. 2, 2016 at 10:01 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 9, 2016 at 10:02 PM CST
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Image of the Pickens County tornado. (Source: WBRC video)
Image of the Pickens County tornado. (Source: WBRC video)
A storage shed was damaged by the strong winds near McMullen, AL. Source: Jill Gilardi/WBRC
A storage shed was damaged by the strong winds near McMullen, AL. Source: Jill Gilardi/WBRC

PICKENS COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - A tornado tracked across Pickens County on Tuesday afternoon.

The storm originated in Scooba, Mississippi where the local National Weather Service office confirmed a tornado there.

There is a tornado warning for Pickens, Lamar, and Fayette counties until 6 p.m.

The storm has been moving in a northeastern direction from Geiger to Aliceville to Carrollton. We expect the storm to continue tracking to Fayette County.

Aliceville police said that the storm damaged the federal corrections institute in Aliceville as well as a few homes nearby. Storm tracker Brett Adair reports significant damage to structures north of McMullen.

There were reports of two people who were trapped north of McMullen. One person was freed and crews were working to rescue another person. Minor injuries were reported in that area.

A brick home has damage and several mobile homes have been damaged as well along Martin Luther King Road. We are also receiving reports of trees and utility poles down.

Strong winds blew Pastor Ray Jones' home off its foundation on Martin Luther King Road in the Sapps-Beaverton area near Aliceville. But the church next door is still standing.

"We thank the Lord that it wasn't a loss of life. Some people got a little injured but amen. We thank God that we are still here, amen. Homes can be replaced," Jones said.

The majority of this community packed into two storm shelters on Martin Luther King Road. Longtime resident Joe Long, Jr. and others say they pulled a man into the shelter as the storm was passing.

"It was one guy he was trying to come in and it looked like it was trying to suck him out. We tried to pull him in and we finally got him in and got the door closed," Long said. "These storm shelters are great. And I tell anyone, if they want their life to get in one."

Storm tracker Brett Adair as well as WBRC FOX6 Meteorologist Jill Gilardi both captured video of the tornado.

More unconfirmed storm damage reports:

  • Reports of trees down along Hwy 159 between County Road 1 and 2 in Fayette County. Law enforcement reports wind damage on Ashcraft Corner.
  • Reports of trees down several miles south of Kennedy in Pickens County.
  • Reports of trees down, but no major damage near downtown Carrollton in Pickens County

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