Pickens County, Alabama – The town of McMullen in Pickens County, Alabama, was struck this Tuesday evening by an EF2 tornado, as informed by the National Weather Service. The tornado destroyed lots of buildings, including 13 houses.

Dozens of homes were reported to be completely destroyed and, at least, one of the affected mobile houses, was cracked in half after it was apparently picked up, carried and dropped by high winds.

A tornado destroyed at least 13 houses in Pickens County, Alabama. Credit: Fox News

According to the Alabama Red Cross, 75 individuals in Pickens County, Alabama, were displaced due to storm damage. A person said that it seems that this event has generated more requests for shelter since April 27, 2011, when the EF4 tornado destroyed about 12.5% of the city.

Federal authorities also informed that the tornado damaged the administration building of the Federal Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in Aliceville. The U.S. Department of Justice said the administration building is running on generator power. None of the inmates nor the staff suffered any harm and the inmate housing units were running on their normal power source.

Jim Stefkovich, a National Weather Service meteorologist who is in charge of the situation, informed that survey crews are canvassing other areas of west Alabama where apparently other tornadoes also struck and will give updates on damage assessments Wednesday afternoon. He also said that the storm survey crews are also evaluating damage in Fayette and Lamar counties.

Source: Alabama News