21 January 2010

Tornado Develops Over Huntsville Thursday

Posted by Dan Satterfield

23540774067680-21161117While we were on air during the 5 PM newscast earlier this evening, a tornado developed just east of our studios. We followed it using our city camera on top of the Saturn 5 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center here in Huntsville.

23540779761840-21161122Meteorologist Alan Raymond and I saw the flashes from transformers blowing almost immediately as we brought up the camera image, and knew we had a tornado on the ground. We’ve received incredible shots from viewers along with video.

There is significant damage just east of our studios in downtown, but so far no injuries.

You can see some video and more pictures on the WHNT web site here. I will add some more pictures later this evening. The tornado happened during rush hour and was witnessed by thousands of residents. We are just now ending our non stop coverage that began when the tornado touched down during our early newscast.

addition: YouTube video from Huntsville resident Josh Roberson on his iPhone of the tornado forming: