1 dead, at least 17 injured after tornado rips Alabama town

BIRMINGHAM, AL (AP) — Officials say a tornado killed a teenager who was huddling with his family in the basement of their Alabama home Monday night.

The storm blew down a tree that collapsed the structure. Fultondale Police Chief D.P. Smith says several other family members were critically injured. The tornado left a swath of destruction in the Jefferson County city north of Birmingham.

Fultondale Fire Chief Justin McKenzie says 17 people have been hospitalized and 11 others were treated on scene.

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The National Weather Service says the storm blew across Georgia before dawn and was prompting high wind warnings in the Carolinas on Tuesday.

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