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UPDATE: 1 dead, several critically injured after tornado in Alabama

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Posted at 3:40 AM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 05:33:32-05

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — UPDATE: Officials say one person is dead after a tornado tore through an Alabama city north of Birmingham, leaving the area significantly damaged.

Fultondale Police Chief D.P. Smith told AL.com a young man trapped in the basement of his home was pronounced dead at the scene around 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Smith says a tree fell onto the family's home, causing it to collapse.

Several other family members were critically injured and one escaped harm.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham says officials are evaluating the damage to determine the strength of the tornado, which hit the Fultondale area of Jefferson County late Monday night.

The Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency says injuries have been reported, ranging from minor to severe.