Tornado Causes Damage, Injures Three in Birmingham, Alabama

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City crews clean up the damage caused by a tornado in a neighborhood in Birmingham, Alabama, December 26, 2015.  A tornado struck Birmingham on Friday, damaging houses, uprooting trees and injuring at least three people in the state's largest city, law enforcement and weather officials said. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry
City crews clean up the damage caused by a tornado in a neighborhood in Birmingham, Alabama, Dec. 26. (Reuters/Marvin Gentry)

A tornado struck Birmingham, Alabama, on Friday, damaging houses, uprooting trees and injuring at least three people in the state’s largest city, law enforcement and weather officials said.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jody Aaron said the twister was confirmed to have touched down in the south-western portion of the town at about 5 p.m. Central time, adding, “There does appear to be some significant damage.”

Birmingham Police Lieutenant Sean Edwards said at least three people were taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Edwards said several houses were damaged, trees were toppled and power was knocked out in the area, but he could provide no further information.

Images published online by local media outlets showed lawns scattered with debris which appeared to have come from homes and some collapsed structures.

Alabama has been hit with storms and heavy rain since Wednesday, and the Weather Service issued flash flood warnings around the region for Friday.