BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — An EF-2 tornado that formed from remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy has destroyed several buildings in the Birmingham area, mainly in Fairfield and Midfield, and the central Alabama area was peppered with tornado warnings for much of Thursday afternoon.
In Fairfield, one person was injured when the storm hit the ABC Store. Five employees and several customers were inside at the time. Thankfully, the injuries are not life threatening.
Nearby, the Express Oil Change building sustained major damage. The business is closed indefinitely and plans to rebuild as soon as possible to continue serving the Fairfield community.
The storm also impacted more than just buildings, Fairfield lost one traffic light at Aaron Aronov Drive and Martin Luther King Drive, and the area has a lot of debris in the road. Jefferson County will put up stop signs until the light is repaired.
In the Ensley, 5 Points area, a Tire Tech store sustained damage to the building. We spoke to the general manager who said 35 people were inside when the storm hit. Two trucks were also overturned and across the street on Pike a tree was uprooted. Officials say there are no injuries at this location.
Governor Kay Ivey issued a statement on the severe weather, which can be read below:
Today, Governor Kay Ivey released the following statement regarding today’s tornadic activity in Fairfield, in Jefferson County:
“Thankfully today’s tornado in Fairfield did not result in any loss of life; my thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured.
“We will provide support to local authorities as they serve those effected by the storm and continue to monitor the weather situation across the state.
“All Alabamians should remain weather-aware over the next several days as we continue to deal with the lingering effects of Tropical Storm Cindy.”
The first tornado warning was issued minutes before 12:30 for Jefferson County in the Fairfield/Midfield area.
Then, there was a tornado warning for the Bibb County line area of Tuscaloosa County, as well as Bibb County in the 1 p.m. hour.
That was followed by a tornado watch for much of our viewing area until 10 p.m. tonight.
A warning for Tallapoosa County followed:
Then, one for parts of Jefferson and Shelby Counties: