A tornado was reported in Jacksonville, Alabama on March 19, and there were unconfirmed reports of multiple injuries and damaged or destroyed buildings. People were advised by the National Weather Service to “TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.”
A tornado reportedly touched down near Jacksonville State University (JSU).
The National Weather Service’s Birmingham office, which serves Jacksonville, wrote, “IF YOU ARE NEAR AND NORTH OF FRUITHURST IN CLEBURNE COUNTY AND TOWARD THE GA LINE, SHELTER NOW. A LARGE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO IS APPROACHING! #alwx.”
Reporter Kirsten Fiscus wrote on Twitter, “Jacksonville fire officials say roof off Dollar General near JSU’s Coliseum is gone, there’s a car in a tree and Gamecock Village and Reserve Apartments have been hit by this tornado.”
At 9:15 p.m., the NWS reported, “A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 945 PM CDT FOR CENTRAL
CALHOUN COUNTY…At 915 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Fort McClellan, moving east at 45 mph.”
The warning continued: “HAZARD…Tornado.
SOURCE…Radar indicated rotation.
IMPACT…Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without
shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage
to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is
Locations impacted include…
Anniston, Jacksonville, Saks, Fort McClellan, West End-Cobb Town,
Weaver, Blue Mountain, Alexandria and Choccolocco.”
You can see radar of the tornado here.