World news – Tornadoes sweep through eastern Alabama causing widespread damage

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Multiple tornadoes swept through eastern Alabama when a sodden storm hit Pulled northeast across the state on Thursday afternoon, damaging structures, and telling officials to warn residents to stay inside and off the highways.

“Everyone inside was okay! They were under their work desks, ”tweeted a resident from the hardest-hit town of Pelham, along with photos of metal structures that had collapsed like wet cardboard on Belcher Drive.

Flash flood warnings have been issued for Counties Tuscaloosa, Walker, Marion, Jefferson, Pickens, Winston, Fayette, and Lamar. CBS News meteorologist Zach Covey tweeted at 2:30 p.m. Local time.

« This is a » ball of debris « on the radar, » tweeted local Fox meteorologist Tom Wachs, also at 2:30 pm, along with a radar image of the path of the flying wreck.

Belcher Drive in Pelham , AL. Everyone inside was okay! They were under their desks. @spann pic.twitter.com/4s7OTLMcjt

A house in town has been reduced to little more than lighting, according to a tweeted photo.

In South Birmingham, a young meteorology student said his life was gone before his eyes when a tornado grazed his house.

« A tornado just hit our house in south Birmingham, » tweeted Alex Roberts, a self-described « meteorologist in training ». « We’re fine, but our terrace is destroyed. I’m just so glad we survived, » he wrote.

« I feel spared. I’ve never seen my life flash so fast … it’s much more scary when you are with your family and not hunting. I will post updates later. « 

In Shelby County, veteran meteorologist James Spann kept reporting the weather, even when a tornado hit his home and wreaked havoc.

 » Was no longer than 10 minutes off camera, « noted one Connecticut fan meteorology fan Sam Sagnella in a tweet.

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