Alabama Residents Clean up After Christmas Day Tornado

Destructive weather came to Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi in the days before the holiday, killing at least 15.
2:10 | 12/26/15

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To the new extreme weather battering the south. A Christmas tornado touching down in Alabama creating new damage and flooding causing the governor to declare a state of emergency. ABC's Phillip Mena has the latest from hard hit Birmingham. Reporter: Good morning, yeah, that tornado just devastating this neighborhood. This home almost completely blown away, the roof gone. You see the refrigerator there, the stove, walls crumbled. A terrifying experience on Christmas day. Overnight, a Christmas day tornado tears through Birmingham, Alabama. This field of debris and Sha shattered wood all that remains. Be careful of wires being down. Treat every wire down like it's live. Reporter: Raging floodwaters forcing others from their homes. The outbreak of severe weather follows three days of havoc across Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. Which claimed 15 lives and injured dozens more as springlike storms marched through the south. Holly springs, Mississippi, spending Christmas day digging out among the rubble left behind presents still wrapped alongside needed supplies and this Christmas tree, one of the few things left standing at this home. Its roof completely ripped off. That is amazing, you know, a lot of us had planned trips out of town to visit other loved ones and other family members and, of course, the people you see here have given up their Christmas just so they can help some other people. Reporter: Michele's mother was among those killed in Lamar. It's hard because it's Christmas and have to have a funeral on Christmas. Reporter: First responders forced to suspend the search for one man in the face of torrential rain and lashing winds. The community banding together to salvage the holiday in the wake of a disaster. Despite all of this destruction only one person was injured but most importantly, no one was killed. Cecilia. That is good news. So many families understanding the true meaning of Christmas. Thank you.

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