Tornado Devastates Homes in Alabama's Shelby County

A tornado destroyed homes and downed trees and power lines as it tore through Eagle Point, southeast of Birmingham, Alabama, on Thursday afternoon, March 25, county officials said.

This footage from Aliece Dice shows some of the damage in Eagle Point, as well as downed trees and debris along the nearby Highway 280.

“Shelby County has suffered significant tornado damage," said Sheriff John Samaniego. “We can confirm local residential structures have been completely destroyed. 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 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 several 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: Aliece Dice via Storyful