Tornado strikes Selma, Alabama; ‘Significant damage’ reported, mayor’s office says

Published 1:06 pm Thursday, January 12, 2023

A tornado hit Selma, Alabama on Thursday afternoon, but the extent of potential damage was not immediately known.

Social media and storm chasers posted video of the funnel cloud from various angles.

The Selma Mayor’s office issued a statement about the storm’s impact.

“Selma has received significant damage from the tornado. Citizens please refrain from traveling the roadways and stay away from down power lines. City crews will be out as soon as practical to clean up. In the meantime, stay safe and continue to report your damages through 911.”

Alabama-based meteorologist James Spann shared several videos on Twitter showing the twister in the Selma skyline

Electrical power was knocked out for more than half of all customers in Dallas County, which includes Selma, the website reported early Thursday afternoon.