At a Glance
There have been at least 20 reports of tornadoes.
Dozens of homes were damaged or destroyed.
At least two people were injured.
Roger Bean, who lives near Trent Cox, hunkered down in an underground storm shelter with relatives, including several children, as his Cox’s home was ripped apart.
“It’s gut-wrenching,” Bean told weather.com in an interview. “Everything they had’s just destroyed.”
Bean said it sounded like he had always imagined it would — as if a freight train was going by.
“Luckily there’s no loss of life, the people are OK,” he said. “You know, all the other stuff can be replaced.”
Near Moundville, Alabama, Jennifer Patterson realized she had locked her car keys in her mobile home as she prepared to flee to her son’s home during a tornado warning there Wednesday afternoon. Unable to leave, Patterson huddled in a ravine behind her home and clung to a small tree, she told WIAT. She stayed on the phone with her son as the storm raged around her.
“He was hearing his mom scream. All I could do was say ‘Jesus watch over me, Jesus watch over me’, and then it kept going and going and finally I said ‘Jesus take it away,’ and it’s just like you could hear it easing up,” Patterson told the TV station. “Not knowing if I was ever going to see my family, at any moment, I just knew with the wind the way it was, and everything cracking around me, and I’m holding onto a little ol’ tree, and all I could think about at that time was this is it.”
One of the four large trees in Patterson’s yard crashed through her home, falling onto the couch where she normally sits. During a preliminary damage survey, the NWS determined an EF1 tornado with wind speeds as high as 110 mph hit the area.
Video from Moundville, which is south of Tuscaloosa, showed several homes with holes in their roofs and a tree blocking a road. Twenty to 30 homes in the area sustained mostly minor damage, according to a local media report.
Tamara Croom, deputy director for emergency management in Tuscaloosa County, told weather.com Wednesday evening that some residents were displaced in the Moundville area. Most of the damage was to roofs, Croom said.