Search and rescue efforts ongoing in Alabama after tornado

The National Weather Service says search and rescue efforts are ongoing in Birmingham, Alabama, where a tornado moved through early Friday evening.

The service confirms a tornado touched down in southwest Jefferson County about 5 p.m. Friday, moving northeast toward the city of Birmingham.

Meteorologist Jason Holmes said eyewitnesses spotted the funnel and the agency has confirmed its presence.

It’s part of the same cell that warranted an earlier tornado warning in Tuscaloosa County, southwest of the Jefferson.

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