LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Tonight’s Tuscaloosa, Alabama tornado (photos below) has left a path of destruction and taken three lives. This evening, Tuscaloosa, Alabama was the scene of a second tornado in just recent days. Tuscaloosa’s mayor tells news that he has yet to determine the full extent of the damage and loss of lives, but does describe it as severe.
Tonight, the Tuscaloosa, Alabama tornado is heading towards Birmingham. Earlier this hour, the Mayor of Tuscaloosa told news “pray for us”. One person is reporting tonight “Cedar Crest was badly hit”. Students displaced by the damage are being encouraged to seek overnight shelter at the Canterbury Episcopal Chapel claims reports. Another report is claiming that 15th & McFarland in Tuscaloosa suffered extensive damage this evening.
Other spots in Alabama are suffering massive damage tonight. “Our town is just devastated,” Hackleburg AL City Council member James Anglin told the Weather Channel earlier tonight.
Sections of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport are closed tonight. The University of Alabama suffered reported power outages.
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In a news statement tonight, UA says that it suffered no structural damage on campus but “power outages are widespread. Areas of the community where many of our off-campus students live have been impacted.”
UA tells news that its “Student Recreation Center is available to students whose off-campus residences are damaged. Counseling services will also be available.” Power outages is causing longer lines. “Because of the power outages, Lakeside Dining is the only dining facility open on campus. Lines will be long, so please be patient.”
Meantime the Weather Channel is reporting that Rome & Cartersville, Georgia are on alert tonight as two “massive tornado” is only two counties away.