Photos Show Damaged Homes, Flattened Trees As Tornado Touches Down in Birmingham

Photos and videos posted across social media show damaged homes and downed trees after a tornado touched down in Birmingham, Alabama, on Thursday.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham confirmed that a tornado had touched down, urging residents in the area to "TAKE COVER NOW!"

Amid the confirmation from the National Weather Service in the city, Twitter users posted pictures and videos of the damage caused by the tornado.

"Tornado emergency issued for south Birmingham, Alabama," the Intel Point Alerts Twitter account wrote, alongside a video of the tornado from afar. "A large and violent wedge shaped tornado is passing through the southern end of the city at this time. The weather service has called this a 'catastrophic event'!"

⚠️🇺🇸#URGENT: Tornado emergency issued for south Birmingham, Alabama

A large and violent wedge shaped tornado is passing through the southern end of the city at this time. The weather service has called this a ‘catastrophic event’!
pic.twitter.com/5P5wiPlMui

— Intel Point ALERTS (@IntelPointAlert) March 25, 2021

Twitter user Luke Sanderson shared a photo of several fallen trees and a damaged home in Eagle Point, Birmingham.

"Eagle point damage," he wrote on Twitter.

@spann Eagle point damage pic.twitter.com/PLFDosNFWi

— Luke Sanderson (@LukeSanderson_1) March 25, 2021

Similarly, Twitter user Kelli McLaughlin shared another photo of the damage in Eagle Point, showing the roof of a home blown off and several toppled trees.

@spann more pictures of Eagle Point pic.twitter.com/XfLr8YqiW0

— Kelli McLaughlin (@kellibrookemac) March 25, 2021

McLaughlin posted another photo on Twitter showing several different homes damaged by the tornado.

@spann more of Eagle Point pic.twitter.com/PGOJPvbcO7

— Kelli McLaughlin (@kellibrookemac) March 25, 2021

Twitter user David Grubic wrote, "My dad's house in Eagle Point. No one was home thank God," with a photo showing another home damaged by the tornado.

@spann My dad's house in Eagle Point. No one was home thank God. pic.twitter.com/6yArwiZEz4

— David Grubic (@djgrubic24) March 25, 2021

In one video, posted to Twitter by Ashley Gann, a chief meteorologist for WIAT-CBS 42 in Birmingham, several tress can be seen swaying in the wind while others had already been knocked down by the tornado.

"This is my house in Indian Springs, AL. Likely a tornado that moved through less than 10 minutes ago along hwy 119. Trees uprooted in our backyard," she wrote in the post.

This is my house in Indian Springs, AL. Likely a tornado that moved through less than 10 minutes ago along hwy 119.

Trees uprooted in our backyard. #tornado #alwx #alstorma #alabamatornado @NWSBirmingham @CBS_42 @Dave_Nussbaum @SarahCantey @GriffinHardyWX @TheArtFranklin pic.twitter.com/1kS9VQvjhh

— Ashley Gann (@gannweather) March 25, 2021

Another video, posted to Twitter by WBRC News in Birmingham showed a tornado near "Griffin Park at Eagle Point near Lee Branch and US-280."

This terrifying video was taken at Griffin Park at Eagle Point near Lee Branch and US-280. --> https://t.co/rfXDGIvRHe (Source: Matt Williams) pic.twitter.com/LNlh3fucvz

— WBRC FOX6 News (@WBRCnews) March 25, 2021

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office wrote on Twitter that they "have received multiple reports of damage in different areas of Shelby County. This includes trees and power lines down across the roadway. Please avoid driving on the roadway unless absolutely necessary to allow public safety personnel time to clear these areas."

In an email sent to Newsweek, Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego wrote, "Shelby County has suffered significant tornado damage. 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. This search and outreach effort will continue throughout the night and into the early morning hours. We will continue to provide updates as they become available."

At 3:40 p.m. ET, the National Weather Service Birmingham wrote that "Another tornado debris signature on the long lived supercell thunderstorm, heading toward Ohatchee. Wellington and Alexandria remain in the path," once again urging residents in the area to "TAKE COVER NOW if you are in the path of this storm. It has a history of producing significant damage."

Tornado warnings were also issued for Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and the Birmingham National Weather Service wrote "Radar CONFIRMED tornado heading toward the Wellington community," at 3:50 p.m. ET.

The National Weather Service Tornado issued several tornado warnings for counties across Alabama, including Jacksonville, Piedmont, Alexandria and Jasper.

The severe weather across Alabama prompted Governor Kay Ivey to declare a state of emergency across 28 counties in the state.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated when more information becomes available.

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Fallen trees damage a property in the wake of a tornado on January 26, 2021, in Fultondale, Alabama. A tornado ripped through Fultondale damaging property and leaving one person dead and more than a dozen injured. Wes Frazer/Getty