Tornado Damage in Tuscaloosa, AL & Sumter County, AL (4/15/2011)


I have been watching James Spann on ABC 33/40 here at this link for ABC 33/40 Live Stream for the last couple of hours. Tuscaloosa has seen numerous reports of damage on the south side of town, along Hwy 69. No damage has been reported at the University of Alabama. A Sugarland country music concert is in jeopardy as a tornado has hit Tuscaloosa. Also a report of a tornado, large wedge, is occuring near York, AL. Highway 80 near mile marker 3 has debris on the road with the highway closed right now.

This is the bulletin out of Tuscaloosa County, AL:

354 PM CDT Fri Apr 15 2011

… A Tornado Warning remains in effect for southwestern Jefferson and
east central Tuscaloosa counties until 445 PM CDT…

At 351 PM CDT… National Weather Service Doppler radar was tracking a
confirmed tornado. This tornado was located near deerlick creek
campgrounds… or 5 miles east of Holt… moving northeast at 45 mph.

Locations impacted include…
Bessemer… Hueytown… Fairfield… Vestavia Hills… Homewood…
Brookwood… beville lock and dam… Abernant… Lake View and Bull
City.

This includes…
Interstate 65 exit numbers 252 through 258…
Interstate 459 exit number 1…
US 78 exit number 81…
Interstate 20 exit numbers 79 through 120…

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Take cover now. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a
sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a Mobile home… a vehicle or
outdoors… move to the closest substantial shelter and protect
yourself from flying debris.

Also here is the report from York, AL:

A Tornado Warning remains in effect for southeastern Sumter County
until 430 PM CDT…

At 356 PM CDT… local Fire Department reported a tornado. This
tornado was located near York… moving northeast at 40 mph.

Locations impacted include…
Livingston… the University of West Alabama… Coatopa…
Bluffport… Dug Hill… Epes… Whitfield… Bellamy… Lilita and
Belmont.

This includes…
Interstate 20 exit numbers 8 through 23

Please heed the warnings!

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