Injuries ranging from minor to serious have been reported with victims transported to area hospitals, Jim Coker Director of Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) told CNN. He did not say how many people were injured.
A house collapsed on a family, but their condition is not known at this time, Coker said.
No deaths have been reported and search and rescue operations are still underway, according to Coker.
Coker told CNN the damage from the tornado is “considerable,” which “hit a heavy retail and residential area.”
There are five fire department heavy rescue teams from Jefferson County responding to the areas of Fultondale and Center Point, Coker said.
Jefferson County EMA is using a drone and helicopters to track the path of the storm along with the NWS, according to Coker.
Hotel and church suffer damage
“Significant damage has been reported. We will inspect the damage to determine the strength of the tornado,” NWS Birmingham said.
Earlier, the agency said on Twitter, “At 10:54 PM CST, a confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado was located over Chalkville, or near Trussville, moving east at 50 mph.”
Scott said that the back half of Hilldale Baptist Church’s roof is missing, and the city’s recreation center also suffered damage in the storm.
“Looks like we will have a long day ahead of us tomorrow,” Scott said. “Hopefully we can get everything covered up.”
“We don’t have any injuries to report right now so we’re definitely grateful for that,” the mayor added.
Tornado watches and warnings in effect through Tuesday morning
The storm will dump significant snow from the Central Plains to the mid-Atlantic Coast through Tuesday night. The deepest snow will pile up across Iowa. Some of the snow will be very heavy, with rates of up to 2 inches an hour, says the Weather Prediction Center.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
Christine Sever contributed to this report.