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Coroner identifies teen killed in collapsed home during EF-3 tornado in Fultondale

The victim was found inside a collapsed home in Fultondale late Monday night.

Posted: Jan 26, 2021 9:06 AM
Updated: Jan 26, 2021 8:45 PM

Update: Birmingham's ABC-affiliated news station, 33/40, says authorities confirmed a 14-year-old Fultondale High School student was killed during the tornado that passed through Fultondale late Monday night.

Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates identified the teen as Elliott Hernandez. He died in the 4,000 block of Oak Street in Fultondale around 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Yates says Hernandez was found by first responders in the basement of a single-family home that collapsed during the tornado, and multiple other family members were reportedly rescued from inside that home.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham confirmed Tuesday night that the tornado was an EF-3 with peak winds around 150 mph. It says the EF-3 damage was focused near Lykes Boulevard to New Castle Road.

From earlier:

One person died when a tornado moved through North Jefferson County causing significant damage in the city of Fultondale and leaving dozens more injured.

As daylight broke, emergency responders were confronted with the enormous amount of structural damage to hotels, businesses and homes.

Gov. Kay Ivey posted on Twitter that ‘The people of Fultondale took a hard hit last night — I’m grieved over the loss of life, injuries, homes & damaged businesses. I offer my prayers & deepest sympathies & pledge the full support & resources our state has to offer. I am with you, Fultondale!’

The significant damage kept several roads impassable Tuesday morning.

Jefferson County school officials also closed schools both for traditional and remote classes due to the damage.

The National Weather Service has survey teams on the ground investigating the damage to determine the strength of the tornado.

The Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency is asking the public to avoid the Fultondale and Center Point areas to allow them to safely continue their operations.

We will be working for secondary search and rescue starting at 7a this morning. Please stay clear of the area while...

Posted by Fultondale Fire Department on Tuesday, January 26, 2021
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