Alabama News

1 Dead, at Least 28 Injured After Tornado Rips Alabama Town

FULTONDALE, Ala. (AP) — A teenager huddling in his basement was killed and several of his family members were critically injured when a tornado blew a tree onto their home in Alabama and it collapsed on top of them, police …

Recovery From Hurricane Sally Incomplete on Alabama Coast

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Alabama’s beaches have reopened, but the state’s coast has hardly recovered fully from the effects of Hurricane Sally last month. Visitors still have limited options for getting to the sand because so many boardwalks and beach …

AIR Worldwide and KCC Project Hurricane Sally Insured Losses From $1 to $3 Billion

Catastrophe risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimates that industry insured losses to onshore property resulting from Hurricane Sally’s winds, storm surge, and inland flood will range from $1 billion to $3 billion, with wind representing the majority of the losses. …

Alabama City’s Elections Hit By Fight Over Chemical Lawsuits

DECATUR, Ala. — Contamination from a chemical plant in north Alabama is tainting something else — elections in the city of Decatur. Three City Council members seeking reelection tell The Decatur Daily that Mayor Tab Bowling and a lawyer are …

National Weather Service Chief Backs Forecasters who Contradicted Trump

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The head of the National Weather Service issued a strong public defense Monday of forecasters who contradicted President Donald Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian posed a threat to Alabama as it approached the United States. Director Louis …

In an Old School Bus, Tornado Survivors Find Some Comfort

OPELIKA, Ala. — Witnessing survivors wear the same clothing days after the March 3 tornadoes, Kaitlyn Willing felt spiritually led to convert her mobile boutique business into the Tornado Relief Clothing Bus. “Although the storm did not personally affect our …

Alabama Man Files Suit Alleging Penis Mistakenly Amputated

An Alabama man who went to the hospital for a routine circumcision says doctors mistakenly amputated his penis. Johnny Lee Banks Jr. of Birmingham and his wife, Zelda Banks, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Jefferson County. They’re suing the hospital, …

Theft of Urinal Items Stumps Alabama Officials

Officials in Alabama say they’re investigating a series of thefts involving metal urinal components from restaurant bathrooms. Jefferson County sheriff’s spokesman Randy Christian told Al.com Wednesday that authorities have been told of a man walking into men’s rooms and stealing …

Alabama to Receive $1M in Disaster Aid

Officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration say more than $1 million in disaster assistance loans have been approved for Alabama residents trying to recover from severe weather in late April and early May. SBA field operations director Frank Skaggs …

Alabama Urged to Create Dam Safety Program

A group urged Alabama to create an inspection program for the hundreds of dams across the state, most of which they say go unregulated. Association of State Dam Safety Officials project manager Mark Ogden said at a news conference Tuesday …