Video from CNN-affiliated WVTM shows that the Hampton Inn in Fultondale, which lies north of Birmingham and has a population of about 9,000, according to census data, suffered significant damage during the storm. The affiliate reported that guests staying at the hotel were able to flee the building and sought refuge in a nearby restaurant when another line of storms arrived.
NWS Birmingham said, “Significant damage has been reported. We will inspect the damage to determine the strength of the storm.”
Earlier, the agency said on Twitter, “At 10:54 am CST, a confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado was located eastbound in Chakville, or near Trussville, at a speed of 50 mph.”
The city, with a population of more than 16,000, about 13 miles from the focal point city of Birmingham, also suffered “considerable damage” from the storm, Mayor Bobby Scott told CNN affiliate WBRC.
Scott said the roof of Hilldale Baptist Church’s roof is missing and the city’s recreation center was also damaged in the storm.
“Looks like tomorrow will be a long day ahead of us,” Scott said. “Hopefully we can cover everything.”
The Mayor said, “We don’t have any injuries to report right now, so we’re definitely grateful for that.”
The Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) has Asked people to stay out of the area
As first responders try to reach the most damaged places.
“Road hazards such as over power lines and debris … traffic is climbing the roads,” The agency tweeted.
Eleven schools in the region will close for both personal and virtual education after the storm on Tuesday. The Jefferson County EMA said on Twitter.
A storm warning was issued for Jefferson County, Alabama on Monday night. NWS Birmingham said in a tweet.
The agency has since issued tornado warnings and clocks for several counties as the line of storms moves northeast through the state.
A tornado watch
The influence remains in Alabama and parts of Georgia
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
Christine Saver contributed to this report.