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VIDEO: Tornado on the ground in Alabama

Sister station WVTM captured video of a large tornado on the ground in Shelby County, Alabama, Thursday afternoon.

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Sister station WVTM-TV captured video of a large tornado on the ground in Shelby County, Alabama, Thursday afternoon.

The National Weather Service office in Birmingham issued a "tornado emergency" for areas just south and east of the city, in Shelby and Jefferson counties.

A tornado emergency indicates there is a tornado that could have a potentially significant impact to human life and catastrophic destruction to property.

See video of the tornado in the video player above.