Update (4:33 p.m.): Saraland police say three people were minorly injured after a tornado touched down in the city on Monday at about 12:15 p.m. The Plantation Motel at 1010 Saraland Blvd. South suffered significant damage. Alabama Power crews as well as the Alabama Department of Transportation are on scene trying to restore power and traffic lights in the area.
As of 4:30 p.m., the area of Highway 43 and Cleveland Road is restricted to one lane in each direction because of storm damage, debris, and traffic lights being without power. Police are asking everyone to avoid the area by using an alternate route if possible.
Saraland police are also advising people to avoid the following areas:
- The Saraland boat launch on Ruben Avenue in is closed because of flooding. Please avoid traveling through this area.
- The entrance to Spanish Trace Subdivision at Celeste Road is impassable due to high water. Anyone needing to access this neighborhood should use an alternate route, either Alvarez Street or Cherry Hill off of Lafitte Road.
Police say power and traffic lights should be restored by Monday evening.
Update (3:20 p.m.): Viewer photos show damage to the Trustmark Bank building on Highway 43.
Update (2:44 p.m.): Saraland Police Department confirmed three minor injuries related to the storm.
Update (2:36 p.m.): The driver of a semi-truck was taken to the hospital after his truck was overturned by the storm, according to emergency managers.
No report yet on the driver’s condition.
Update (2:30 p.m.): No serious injuries have been reported from the tornado that hit Saraland, Ala. Monday afternoon, but images of extensive damage are emerging.
A strip mall sustained roof and window damage. A small church congregation using one of those strip mall rooms and an insurance agency next door had damage.
Powerlines were down and electricity was out in the area.
Update (1:15 p.m.): Damage confirmed shows trees snapped in Saraland. First responders were on scene of structural damage at Plantation Motel, 1010 Saraland Blvd.
WKRG is investigating additional reports of damage. News crews are arriving to scenes in the area.
CREOLA, Ala. (WKRG) — The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in Creola around 12:30 p.m. Monday.
WKRG will continue to update this story as it develops.
Ahead of the confirmation, a tornado warning was issued for Mobile County set to expire at 1:15 p.m.