MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Folks near Dauphin and Rickarby streets tell FOX10 News they're thankful to be alive after a tornado passed through Mobile Tuesday.
There are reports of power lines down and walls missing from homes. One woman lost her entire roof.
Trinity Episcopal Church was also heavily damaged.
One witness describes what he saw.
"We put on the television and saw where things were happening. someone went outside and saw, literally saw, it. And we went out there and saw the funnel... So we all ran into the bathroom in the two story, we all crowded in there and it lasted about 10 seconds. We had 12 people in the bathroom. It sounded exactly like what they say - a freight train. Then we heard the glass breaking, not good," he said.
A FOX10 crew also saw several people walking around with suitcases, obviously frightened. A lot of their valuables were ruined from the rain.
They also voiced concerns of looters, and that's why they were packing up their valuables. Residents are hoping for a stronger police presence.
A man who lives on Carlen street in Mobile near Murphy High School also talked to our crew. He said he saw a large white funnel cloud barreling toward him.
He and his wife grabbed their dog and ran inside. He said it sounded like bombs and explosions going off. When he walked outside it looked like a war zone.
Power lines down roofs and two houses down the street from him had their roofs torn off.
Some Mount Vernon residents were on their way home from the grocery store when they said they were caught in the middle of a gun fight.
Friends are shocked by the murder of a woman who used to call Mobile home. Atlanta investigators say 43-year-old Pamela Williams was shot during a home invasion robbery Saturday, November 30. She died Monday.
People who live in four neighborhoods near the proposal Blue Creek Coal Terminal are circulating petitions, hoping to convince the Mobile Planning Commission to not approve a permit for the facility.
Mobile Planning Commission scheduled to talk about a new subdivision application for McGowin Park, near Hank Aaron Stadium.
Gov. Robert Bentley said Alabama will be among the states submitting a proposal next week to build Boeing's new 777X aircraft, and the proposal will stress more than just the money the state is offering.