First responders are rushing to help residents of Hale County after a large tornado tore through the area Thursday afternoon, resulting in multiple injuries and entrapments.

Don Hartley, the Division C Coordinator for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and News Director for Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa, said the tornado cut a 20-mile long swath across Hale County Thursday.

As of 5 p.m., Hartley said there were numerous 911 calls asking for assistance, multiple reports of people who were entrapped by debris, and multiple reports of injuries.

All available Volunteer Fire Departments and EMS units in the area are responding to the area, but Hartley said the response is being hampered by numerous trees and powerlines downed across roads.

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