UPDATE: Birmingham Mayor William Bell said there are no reports of injuries from severe weather that damaged roofs and broke windows in one part of the city.
The severe weather struck about 4:45 a.m. Monday in the area around Finley Avenue. Residents reported seeing a funnel cloud, but the mayor said officials have not yet confirmed if it was a tornado. He said the city is providing tarps to residents whose roofs were damaged.
Forecasters say 2012 is a below-average year for tornadoes in Alabama, at least so far.
While Alabama has 40 tornadoes in an average year, the National Weather Service says only 32 tornadoes occurred in the state through Thanksgiving.
If no more twisters occur this year, 2012 will end with the state's lowest tornado total since 1999, when 23 occurred. But November and December are considered a secondary tornado season for the state.