Tuesday evening, WBRC FOX6 Meteorologist Jill Gilardi and storm tracker Brett Adair followed a severe thunderstorm with a potential for tornadoes across Pickens County, Alabama, about one hundred miles west of Birmingham. The pair hoped to report on the storm’s movements for the benefit of anyone in the area who would require shelter, though what they really wanted was to catch any major activity on camera. Ten miles southwest of the town of Aliceville, they did just that.
Adair, Gilardi and the WBRC news van crew were set up alongside an Alabama state highway when the storm they’d been following finally produced a tornado. With their cameras rolling, the group caught the funnel’s first steps as it proceeded northeast away from the Mississippi border.