At least 1 killed and nearly 30 injured after a large tornado ripped through Birmingham area

Alicia Elliot/ AP

At least one person is dead and dozens injured amid a trail of destruction after a tornado described as "large and extremely dangerous" tore through the Birmingham, Alabama, area.

Posted: Jan 26, 2021 10:05 AM

(CNN)At least one person is dead and dozens injured amid a trail of destruction after a tornado described as "large and extremely dangerous" tore through the Birmingham, Alabama, area.

The twister ripped through a hotel Monday night and tore off part of a church's roof.
About 30 people in Fultondale were injured, the city's fire chief said Tuesday morning.
"Seventeen patients were tak(en) to the ER, with various injuries and some critical," Fire Chief Justin McKenzie said. At least 11 people were treated on the scene.

A young man, possibly a teen, was killed when he was trapped in the basement of his home, Fultondale Police Chief D.P. Smith said, according to AL.com.

Several of his family members were critically injured, Smith said.
The family had taken shelter in the basement, but apparently a tree fell on the house and caused the home to collapse.
"They were doing what they were supposed to be doing," the police chief said, according to AL.com.
The tornado spawned from a line of storms among two large systems that have put more than 100 million people under winter weather alerts.

Tornado warnings and watches have expired in parts of Alabama and Georgia. But the same storm system is now expected to dump snow in states farther north.

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