Tornado

Tornado Destroys Home in Arlington Community of Wilcox Co.

From the West Alabama Newsroom– A Wilcox County couple is left picking up the pieces — after their home is destroyed by a tornado — during the Easter Sunday storms. Barry and Brenda Pope are counting their blessings — as they try to salvage what they can — from what’s left of their home of more than 30 years. “We…

Wetumpka Residents Reflect on Tornado Anniversary

Sunday officially marked the one year anniversary since an EF-2 tornado damaged homes, businesses, and churches in Wetumpka. On Sunday, the community held a praise service to remember that day, and to reflect on the progress made in the rebuilding efforts. “As bad as it was on that January 19, 2019, the opportunities that we’ve been given because of that…

Tornado Touches Down in Marengo County

Source: Lauren Goldman << This is a picture sent by a viewer of a tornado touching down near Highway 80 near the Westrock Paper Mill. At 9 PM Monday night, Marengo County EMA told us there is damage five to six miles west of Demopolis on Highway 80. Three injuries have been reported, 12 homes are reported damaged and an…

More Than 800 Seek FEMA Aid After Deadly Alabama Tornado

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The government says hundreds of people have sought federal aid since a tornado killed nearly two dozen people in east Alabama this spring. A statement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency says 817 homeowners and renters have applied for disaster assistance since the March 3 twister. More than $1.2 million has gone to Lee County residents…

One Year Later—The Jacksonville State Tornado

Alabama university will mark twister anniversary

(Jacksonville, Ala., May 4, 2018 – Home with severe damage close to Jacksonville State University campus demonstrating the power of the March tornadoes that swept through the area. Calhoun County received storm damage from the tornadoes and severe storms that hit Alabama March 19-20, 2018. Photo by Brian Latimer/FEMA.)   JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama university is marking the…

Clean Up Underway in Titus After EF-2 Tornado

The clean up effort is in full swing in the Elmore County town of Titus. A lot of heavy equipment, chainsaws, and trailers full of debris could be found in the hardest hit areas. The National Weather Service says that the EF-2 tornado was about a half of a mile wide, and was on the ground for 6 miles. The…

360 Degree View of Tornado Damage at Smith’s Station

From the State Forestry Commission: “Storm Recovery Continues at Smiths Station An amazing 1,200 volunteers continued to clear and remove tornado debris under the direction of the Alabama Forestry Commission’s Type 3 Incident Management team on Saturday in Smiths Station. Download the photo with the link below.  It shows the end of Lee Road 319.” (You can grab the photo…

Drone Search & Rescue in Alabama

Eyes in the sky: Heat-seeking drones used after tornado

  Destroyed and damaged homes are seen in this aerial photo, after a tornado tore through the eastern neighborhood in New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) After a tornado ravaged a corner of Alabama this week, rescue crews didn’t have to stumble through every destroyed building in their search for victims. Instead, they used heat-seeking drones to…

Lee County Tornado Victims Identified

Victims Range In Ages 6-89

Today, The Lee County coroner’s office released the names of the 23 victims of Sunday’s EF-4 tornado. Armando “AJ” Hernandez- 6 Charlotte Ann Miler- 59 David Dean- 53 Emmanuel Jones- 53 Eric Jamal Stenson- 38 Felicia Woodall- 22 Florel Tate Stenson- 63 Henry Lewis Stenson- 65 Irma Gomez-Moran- 41 James Henry Tate- 86 Jimmy Lee Jones- 89 Jonathan Marquez Bowen-…

Wetumpka Tornado: Then and Now

On January 19th an EF-2 Tornado tore through downtown Wetumpka. Alabama News Network was among the first crews on the scene. What we saw was hard to describe. Destruction was everywhere. Powerpoles were snapped like toothpicks. Homes, businesses, and churches were destroyed. Trees were strewn across almost every major street on the west side of Bibb-Graves bridge, and almost all…