Severe weather threatened Alabama and surrounding states days leading up to the holidays. On Christmas Day, one storm system created two tornadoes in West Alabama, affecting Tuscaloosa, Chilton, Bibb and Jefferson counties.

The first tornado touched down in the eastern part of Tuscaloosa County near the Mercedes plant. Around 150 Alabama Power customers lost power, and several trees toppled in the area.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley officially declared a State of Emergency and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency advised all residents to stay home unless necessary because of massive flooding around the state. EMA Director Art Faulkner said the state of emergency will remain in place until the flooding is under control.

At least 190 roadways and bridges were closed because of flooding, Faulkner said. As of today, 188 roadways remain closed.

Stay with WVUA 23 for your latest weather information.


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