An update has emerged on the number of casualties from the massive tornado that swept through the state of Alabama. According to local police, a 14-year-old teenager was killed while trying to take shelter in a basement, and several family members were badly injured.
A tornado collapsed a tree on a house in Alabama, killing a boy. In all, at least 30 people were injured when the tornado swept north of Birmingham. The tornado caused damage over a 12-kilometer stretch from Fultondale to Center Point, striking an area severely damaged by a much larger tornado a decade ago.
The Jefferson County coroner’s office identified the teenager as 14-year-old Elliott Hernandez. He was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday morning, and several members of his family were seriously injured. Their home was completely destroyed and people had to be rescued from a blocked basement.
Parts of buildings were scattered, furniture, appliances and trees overturned all along the path of the whirlwind. One car fell upside down on tree branches and a large pile of debris.