BREAKING NEWS: MAJOR TORNADO CAUSES DESTRUCTION IN SELMA, ALABAMA, HOME OF CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

Selma tornado damage(WSFA)

BREAKING NEWS: MAJOR TORNADO CAUSES DESTRUCTION IN SELMA, ALABAMA, HOME OF CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

SELMA, Ala. (WSFA) – A significant, long-track tornado crossed central Alabama Thursday, causing devastation across multiple counties as it made its way east. Perhaps hardest hit was the historic city of Selma in Dallas County where the National Weather Service reports major damage.

The tornado may have been a high-end EF2 or EF3 and lifted debris as high as at least 16,000 feet into the air, based on radar and reports.

Selma officials have called this a “disaster area.” Many roads are blocked with storm debris in Selma, as well as throughout the county. At this time, there have been no confirmed fatalities, but there have been multiple injuries in Selma.

The Dallas County Jail was hit by the tornado. The Sheriff’s Association is currently working to get inmates moved to other counties’ facilities.

Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham has already agreed to accept several detainees, saying the MCSO has been “in constant contact with our law enforcement partners in areas impacted by today’s storms,” and that “the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is ready to provide equipment and resources to assist our neighbors during this difficult time.”

Selma Mayor James Perkins has also spoken with the city council and will hold a 6 p.m. meeting to declare a local emergency. It was also announced that there will be a curfew in place that will extend from dusk to dawn in the city.

At least one person is believed trapped in a building on Broad Street, possibly one other missing, according to Perkins. There are multiple downed powerlines, and it is considered an emergency situation.

Source: WFSA.com,

To read more, click here: https://www.wsfa.com/2023/01/12/significant-tornado-causes-destruction-selma/

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