One person is dead after a tornado tore through an Alabama city north of Birmingham on Monday night, leaving the area with crumpled buildings and downed trees, per the AP. Fultondale Police Chief DP Smith said a young man trapped in the basement of his home was pronounced dead at the scene around 3am Tuesday, reports AL.com. Smith said a tree fell onto the victim's home, causing it to collapse. The victim and his family took shelter in the basement and were trapped inside, Smith said. The victim is believed to be a teen. Smith said several other family members were critically injured and one escaped harm. At least a half-dozen people have been hospitalized since the tornado hit the Fultondale area of Jefferson County late Monday night.
Injuries range from minor to severe, but search and rescue efforts are still ongoing, said James Coker, the director of the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency. Several homes and buildings were damaged in the storm, including a Hampton Inn, which sustained significant structural damage. The damage is being evaluated to determine the strength of the tornado, the National Weather Service in Birmingham said. A tornado watch has been lifted in Jefferson County but nearby areas including Clanton and western Georgia are still being monitored.
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