Christmas Day Tornado Strikes Birmingham, Alabama
A tornado flattened homes and search and rescue operations were underway in the southwest part of Birmingham, Alabama on Friday night as another round of severe weather significantly impacted the deep South.
The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Birmingham confirmed that a tornado moved through the Fairfield and Bessemer neighborhoods in the southwest side of the city of Birmingham around 5pm CST on Christmas Day. The tornado destroyed at least three homes, and search and rescue operations were still ongoing as of late Friday night, according to AL.com. One person was sent to the hospital with unknown injuries. Workers at the Birmingham airport’s control tower were forced to evacuate due to the tornado, although the airport and workers appeared to be unharmed.
Alabama Power reported 10,000 outages as of late Friday night, mostly in the Birmingham metro area.
But as the evening wore on, attention began to turn to flash flooding as the primary hazard across the region. Several water rescues were reported in and around Birmingham and north into Huntsville and Cullman, Alabama. Some areas reported as much as 10.5″ of rain, while Huntsville recorded 5.27″ of rain on Christmas Day through 9pm CST.
More rain and nasty weather is expected here later Saturday and into Sunday as a cold front approaches from the west. Cooler and calmer weather arrives by Tuesday, until then, however, more flooding and isolated severe weather is expected.
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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi