Tornado touches down near Birmingham, Alabama

(Courtesy: WIAT)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The National Weather Service confirms a tornado touched down in southwest Jefferson County in Alabama at about 5 p.m. Friday, moving northeast toward the city of Birmingham.

Meteorologist Jason Holmes said eyewitnesses spotted the funnel and the agency has confirmed its presence. It’s part of the same cell that warranted an earlier tornado warning in Tuscaloosa County, southwest of the Jefferson.

Details are still sketchy, Holmes said, and nightfall is making it hard for storm spotters to identify tornado activity.

But he said any reports of tornado-like damage in the region will be treated as if it is a tornado.

Holmes said reports of tornado activity in Bibb County, also southwest of Birmingham, have not been confirmed. But the agency is warning resident there and in neighboring Chilton County to take cover.

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