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The National Weather Service in Birmingham reported the twister was rated as a 2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, with 135 mph winds. The EF-2 rating constitutes a tornado with 111 mph to 135 mph wind gusts of three seconds or more.

The storm struck Fultondale around 10:40 p.m. CST and brought a tornado that cut a roughly 10-mile path of destruction in the northern suburbs of Birmingham, according to the Associated Press. A teenager was killed, and 30 others were injured when a deadly tornado swept through Jefferson County, Alabama, Monday night, according to local authorities.

Authorities blocked an intersection leading to the hardest-hit suburbs in Fultondale from Monday's storm, as thousands of residents were reportedly left without power. Gonsoulin said several schools closed Tuesday for traditional and remote learning. He added that the school system is trying to determine how many students could be left homeless from the storm, noting Fultondale High School sustained enough damages that could prevent in-person classrooms from returning this year. 

A fallen cell tower lies across U.S. Route 280 in Smiths Station, Ala., in Lee County in 2019

Gov. Kay Ivey tweeted her support for the victims of the tornado Tuesday, saying, "The people of Fultondale took a hard hit last night — I’m grieved over the loss of life, injuries, homes & damaged businesses."

The Republican tweeted an update Tuesday afternoon, adding, "I’ve reached out to Fultondale Mayor Holcomb & Center Point Mayor Scott & have pledged to them any support or resources that are available. The search & rescue efforts continue today, & we certainly give our thanks to those folks as they carry out their mission."

Source: Washington Examiner