TORNADO STRIKES ALABAMA WOMEN’S PRISON, DAMAGES BUILDING
ALICEVILLE, Ala. (AP) – Federal authorities say a tornado damaged the administration building of a women’s prison in Alabama, but caused no injuries to inmates or the staff.
The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement to The Associated Press late Wednesday morning that the administration building is running on generator power at Federal Correctional Institution Aliceville.
Officials said the all of the inmate housing units were running on their normal power source.
The Justice Department said the facility in Pickens County, Alabama, is a low-security female institution and houses about 1,850 inmates.
Officials said the tornado struck the facility around 5:25 p.m. Tuesday.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Jim Stefkovich said survey crews are canvassing other areas of West Alabama where suspected tornadoes struck and will give updates on damage assessments Wednesday afternoon.