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Deadly tornado rips through Alabama, widespread damage reported

Tuesday, January 26th 2021, 11:06 am - Cleanup is underway following a deadly tornado that struck near Fultondale, Alabama late on Monday, January 25.

A tornado watch remained in effect until 6 a.m. local time on January 26 for several counties in Alabama and Georgia as thunderstorms with damaging winds up to 60 mph (97 km/h) continued to move eastward.

Reports of major structural damage poured in Tuesday morning from Fultondale, where at least one fatality was confirmed. At least 18 people suffered injuries, according to local news outlet, WBRC FOX6 News.

Alabama tornado, Jan 25, 2020

“The people of Fultondale took a hard hit last night — I’m grieved over the loss of life, injuries, homes & damaged businesses,” tweeted Governor Kay Ivey Tuesday morning. “I offer my prayers & deepest sympathies & pledge the full support & resources our state has to offer. I am with you, Fultondale!”

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The twister ripped through Fultondale High School, causing classes to be cancelled Tuesday.

“Major structural damage reports continue to come in this morning from Fultondale, where unfortunately, at least one fatality has been confirmed,” stated officials from the National Weather Service located in Birmingham. “Investigations will be ongoing today in terms of the extent of damage.”

Power lines came down on Interstate 65, causing accidents, Fire Chief Justin McKenzie confirmed in an interview with CNN.

As of writing this, the tornado was not yet given an official rating.

Below is a closer look at some of the devastation:

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SOURCES: WBRC FOX6 News, CNN

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