wetumpka tornado

REBUILDING WETUMPKA: Sunday Marks One Year Anniversary of EF-2 Tornado

This weekend marks the one year anniversary since an EF-2 tornado damaged homes, businesses and churches in Wetumpka. Today, you can still reminders of that January 2019 day. “It was very very scary. I actually came out on the front porch here when I heard the sirens and stuff going off. And the wind started picking up very bad, so…

Funding Approved for New Sheriff’s Building in Elmore County

The Elmore County Commission has unanimously approved a $1.23 million bid for the construction of a new sheriff’s operation building.  “The building that we had that the drug task force was housed in actually sustained total damage. I mean it was wrecked,” said Elmore County Sheriff, Bill Franklin.  The building was located on Jeanette Barrett Industrial Boulevard where several buildings received significant damage. In…

Wetumpka Tornado: Six Months Later

It’s been six months since an EF-2 tornado hit near downtown Wetumpka. The tornado, which touched down on Saturday, Jan. 19, caused extensive damage to First Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church, the city police department and many homes. Today, you can see that there has been a lot of cleanup, though signs of the storm remain. Much of the debris…

Victims of Wetumpka Tornado Can Get Federal Loans

Alabama businesses and residents affected by severe weather and a tornado on Jan. 19 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Administrator Linda McMahon has announced. A tornado hit near downtown Wetumpka that day, causing extensive damage but no loss of life. Gov. Kay Ivey had asked for a disaster declaration by the SBA. The…

Damaged Church Prepares to Rebuild

First Presbyterian Church in Wetumpka was one of the hardest hit structures by this weekend’s tornado.  As we’ve reported, not much is left, but the pastor says the congregation is ready for the challenges that are ahead. Pastor Jonathan Yarboro lost more than the church, his home was also damaged. “I got a phone call from my youngest daughter that…

Gov. Kay Ivey Tours Tornado Damage in Wetumpka

Monday afternoon, Gov. Kay Ivey toured the destruction left behind when an EF-2 tornado hit part of Wetumpka on Saturday afternoon. “Each one impacts the people of that area in respective ways so. It’s just about as bad as it can get. Except we didn’t have any loss of life and we are so grateful for that. I just take…

ON THE SCENE: Elmore County Commissioner Describes Tornado Damage

As part of our extensive Live coverage of the Wetumpka tornado, Elmore County Commissioner Troy Stubbs joined news anchor Darryl Hood at the scene of the destruction. That part of Wetumpka is in Stubbs’ district. Meanwhile, Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis, who was also part of our Live coverage throughout the day and night on Saturday, said, “I appreciate everyone’s prayers….

Relief Fund Started

January 19, 2019 Wetumpka Tornado

  The Central Alabama Community Foundation is helping victims of the Wetumpka Severe Weather with a Tornado Relief Fund. From the CACF:  “Funds will be used to support immediate as well as long term needs of citizens in Elmore County. CACF, along with its affiliates, serves Elmore, Autauga, Macon, Montgomery, Lowndes, Pike, Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry, and Houston counties.  …

ON THE SCENE: Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis Describes Tornado Damage

Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis was Live on Alabama News Network this afternoon to describe his first-hand account of seeing the tornado damage in his city. As of that time, he says there were no reports of major injuries from the storm.  That’s despite the destruction of several homes. In addition, First Baptist Church received extensive damage while the First Presbyterian…