The Calhoun County coroner said five people were killed in a tornado Thursday afternoon.According to the coroner, four of the victims lived in Ohatchee and included a family of three who were in a wooden home and a man who was in a mobile home. A fifth person was killed in a mobile home in Wellington.Eight tornadoes have been reported in Alabama, according to the National Weather Service. And authorities have reported extensive damage in the Birmingham metro area.A series of tornadoes hatched by early spring “super cell” storms tore across Alabama and moved into Georgia, leaving wrecked homes, splintered trees and crumpled businesses. The National Weather Service office in Birmingham, Alabama, has issued a “tornado emergency” for areas just south and east of the city, in Shelby and Jefferson counties, indicating there is a tornado that could have a potentially significant impact to human life and catastrophic destruction to property. Video: Tornado touches down in Shelby County, Alabama Between 30 and 50 homes or structures have been damaged in Pelham, Alabama, according to a tweet from the local police department.Police in Helena also reported major damage. All phone lines to the police department are down, the department said on Twitter, urging residents to call 911 if they need assistance.The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office shared the following update after today’s tornado strike: Further north, in Florence, about 130 miles north of Birmingham, a police officer was transported to a local hospital after he was struck by lightning, the police department said on Twitter. Officers were able to provide first aid at the scene, and the officer was conscious and responsive.More than 26,000 Alabama customers are without power, according to poweroutages.us.

The Calhoun County coroner said five people were killed in a tornado Thursday afternoon.

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According to the coroner, four of the victims lived in Ohatchee and included a family of three who were in a wooden home and a man who was in a mobile home. A fifth person was killed in a mobile home in Wellington.

Eight tornadoes have been reported in Alabama, according to the National Weather Service. And authorities have reported extensive damage in the Birmingham metro area.

A series of tornadoes hatched by early spring “super cell” storms tore across Alabama and moved into Georgia, leaving wrecked homes, splintered trees and crumpled businesses.

The National Weather Service office in Birmingham, Alabama, has issued a “tornado emergency” for areas just south and east of the city, in Shelby and Jefferson counties, indicating there is a tornado that could have a potentially significant impact to human life and catastrophic destruction to property.

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Video: Tornado touches down in Shelby County, Alabama

Between 30 and 50 homes or structures have been damaged in Pelham, Alabama, according to a tweet from the local police department.

Police in Helena also reported major damage. All phone lines to the police department are down, the department said on Twitter, urging residents to call 911 if they need assistance.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office shared the following update after today’s tornado strike:

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Further north, in Florence, about 130 miles north of Birmingham, a police officer was transported to a local hospital after he was struck by lightning, the police department said on Twitter. Officers were able to provide first aid at the scene, and the officer was conscious and responsive.

More than 26,000 Alabama customers are without power, according to poweroutages.us.

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