A tornado destroyed homes and downed trees and power lines as it tore through Shelby County, southeast of Birmingham, Alabama, on Thursday afternoon, March 25, county officials said.
This footage was shot by Pelham by local man Cesar Villasenor while on his way home from work and shows the vehicle being lashed by severe winds and debris.
“I was only half a mile away from my house when I saw that the rain was getting worse,” he told Storyful.
Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego said in a statement the area “suffered significant tornado damage.”
“We can confirm local residential structures have been completely destroyed,” he said. “Our priority at the moment is identifying those citizens in need of emergency medical attention. We will then work with our partnering agencies to provide needed resources to our residents who are displaced.”
Local media cited fire officials as saying multiple people in nearby Eagle Point had to be pulled from the rubble of their own homes. Sheriff Samaniego said search and outreach efforts would continue through the night into Friday morning. A family reunification location was established for Eagle Point residents.
The tornado was one of multiple reported in Alabama that day. At least five people were killed after a tornado-producing storm devastated homes in Calhoun County, officials told local media. Credit: Cesar Villasenor via Storyful