Looking back at last year’s tornado

February 24, 2022

Sirens tore through the night!

Almost fourteen months ago, close to midnight, as most families were sleeping, a deadly EF-3 tornado, with winds of up to 150 MPH, struck the city of Fultondale. As the sirens tore through the night warning of the impending storm, residents scrambled to safe areas with prayers, shaky nerves, and racing hearts to ride out the storm.

Tragic Aftermath

When the storm finally died down, it left a ten-mile path of destruction and a community in upheaval. The city was hit hard, 30 people were injured, 19 were taken to the hospital, and tragically Elliot Arizago-Hernandez lost his life. Fultondale High School was demolished, forcing 650 students to relocate. Many citizens with limited or no insurance found rebuilding during a pandemic- priced building supplies a challenge.

Rebuilding for the Future

Since the terrible storm of 2021, Fultondale has started a strong rebuilding effort. Many homes and businesses have improved their previous dwellings and found strength in starting over. The community discovers help from many areas outside of the city and within.

Mayor Holcomb has stated that he feels Fultondale will be successful in rebuilding.

“We take care of each other. There’s a lot of work still to be done, and the city is doing all it can to help people get back on their feet. when devastation hits, people unite together and help each other”

Coming together as a community is one of the many great things about Fultondale.


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