1 useless, a number of critically injured after twister in Alabama

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1 dead, several critically injured after tornado in Alabama

One person is dead after a tornado struck Monday night through a town in Alabama north of Birmingham, leaving the area with crumpled buildings and fallen trees. Police Chief of Fondondale D.P. Smith said a young man trapped in the basement of his home was pronounced dead around 3 a.m. Tuesday, AL.com reported. Smith said a tree fell on the victim's house and it collapsed. The victim and his family took shelter and were trapped in the basement, Smith said. The victim is believed to be a teenager. Smith said several other family members were seriously injured and one escaped the damage. At least half a dozen people have been hospitalized since the tornado hit the Fultondale area of ​​Jefferson County late Monday night. The injuries range from minor to severe, but the search and rescue effort is still ongoing. James Coker, director of the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency, said, "Our current goal is always to keep life safe," said Coker. "This applies not only to the people who may have been injured, but also to the first responders who help them." Coker said Interstate 65 near Walker Chapel Road was closed due to failed power lines and debris. He also said that workers are currently removing obstacles from the streets. Several homes and buildings were damaged in the storm, including a Hampton Inn hotel that sustained significant structural damage. According to Coker, residents are being asked to remain vigilant and stay out of the area so that first responders can continue operations. The damage will be evaluated to determine the strength of the tornado, said the National Weather Service in Birmingham. A tornado clock has been raised in Jefferson County, but nearby areas such as Clanton and western Georgia are still monitored.

One person is dead after a tornado struck a city in Alabama north of Birmingham Monday night, leaving the area with crumpled buildings and fallen trees.

Police Chief of Fultondale D.P. Smith said a young man trapped in the basement of his home was pronounced dead around 3 a.m. Tuesday, AL.com reported.

Smith said a tree fell on the victim's house and it collapsed. The victim and his family took shelter and were trapped in the basement, Smith said.

The victim is believed to be a teenager. Smith said several other family members were seriously injured and one escaped the damage.

At least half a dozen people have been hospitalized since the tornado hit the Fultondale area of ​​Jefferson County late Monday night.

The injuries range from minor to severe, but the search and rescue efforts are still ongoing, said James Coker, director of the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency.

"Our current goal is always life safety," said Coker. "This applies not only to the people who may have been injured, but also to the first responders who help them."

According to Coker, Interstate 65 near Walker Chapel Road is closed due to failed power lines and debris. He also said workers are currently removing obstacles from the streets.

Several homes and buildings were damaged in the storm, including a Hampton Inn hotel that sustained significant structural damage.

According to Coker, residents are being asked to remain vigilant and stay out of the area so that first responders can continue operations.

The damage will be evaluated to determine the strength of the tornado, said the National Weather Service in Birmingham.

A tornado clock has been raised in Jefferson County, but nearby areas such as Clanton and western Georgia are still monitored.

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