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Large Piece of Sheet Metal Narrowly Misses Workers as Deadly Tornado Moves Through Alabama

Workers sheltered in a structure for safety as a deadly tornado passed through Decatur, Alabama, on Thursday, January 12.

Footage recorded by Dakota Chapman, an employee at SA Recycling, shows howling wind and rain outside a structure. Workers are pushed back into the building when a large piece of sheet metal smacks into the front.

Chapman told Storyful: "I was working in my sheer crane at the time, and the wind and rain started picking up heavily. Then all of a sudden, tornado sirens started going off.

“They told us to cut our machines off and take cover. When we all went into the concrete structure, I was scared. I tried to call my wife, but I had no signal. Then all of a sudden, the wind picked up more. And all I saw was the rain going sideways,” he said.

“I also saw the piece of tin picking up and coming directly toward us … If the sheet metal had been at a slightly different angle, we could’ve lost our lives. It was terrifying,” Chapman said.

Local media reported that one person was injured at a recycling plant in Decatur when the storm passed through.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said on Twitter that six people in Alabama were killed by storms on Thursday. Credit: Dakota Chapman via Storyful

Video transcript

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

- Go, go, go, go, go, go, go!

[INDISTINCT SHOUTING]

- They got to put a god damn door--

- They got to put a door right there now.

[SIREN RINGING]

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

- Be careful!

[SIREN RINGING]

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

- Go, go, go, go, go, go, go!

[INDISTINCT SHOUTING]

- They got to put a god damn door--

- They got to put a door right there now.

[SIREN RINGING]

- Be careful!

[SIREN RINGING]

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]