North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

January 30, 2013

Metro Birmingham escapes significant weather issues; storms kill in Georgia, Tennessee

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Wednesday morning's storm front did little in the way of damage to metro Birmingham in general and northern Jefferson County in particular, but other parts of the Southeast were not as fortunate.

Alabama Power reports that about a thousand customers in the metro area are without power due to the storms. Some streets had trees blown down. School systems throughout central Alabama delayed classes to let the storms pass through before students headed for school.

Tornado warnings were issued in various parts of the state beginning in the early morning hours, with Cullman County facing multiple warnings, but no actual tornado touchdowns have been confirmed. Damage from winds has been reported in Winston County, where a hangar at an airport was heavily damaged.

Two people have been killed as a result of the storms, with one coming from a tornado that hit Adairsville, Ga., a city northwest of Atlanta. That twister leveled a factory, and blocked traffic on Interstate 75. 

In middle Tennessee, an EF-2 tornado struck the town of Mt. Juliet, located east of Nashville. One man was killed when a tree, toppled by straight-line winds, fell on the shed where he was living in the Nashville suburb of Bordeaux.