The weather service said it found evidence of EF2 tornado damage in
"You have to see the damage to estimate the wind speed," Shumway said. "They look at trees, whether bark has been torn off, the type of damage and how bad it is -- that all gives you an estimate of the wind speed. If things are twisted, that may suggest a tornado, as opposed to it all lying in one direction."
"You can just see the damage and how it's spread everywhere," Sullivan said as he motioned toward the roughly six-acre field in which three homes, a barn, his business and two storage shelters were destroyed.
"Look at how that trampoline is twisted around the (power) pole," Slate said.
The NWS station at Pryor Field in
"It's major damage,"
Across the street from the fire department, Rex and
"Dad said he had never been so scared in his life," said
The largest AU outage occurred at
Lawrence County EMA director
Mitchell said most of the damage was reported on
"We were really blessed that nobody was injured," Mitchell said. "A lot of storms moved through. It appears the damage came from the same storm that hit
The three people who died in Rosalie were all in a mobile home,
The weather service said it has found "preliminary mid-range EF-2 damage near Rosalie." It also said preliminary information from a
Harnen also said there were a number of other injuries and estimated that 16 to 20 structures in the county were destroyed. He could not give an exact number of injuries. The suspected tornado affected an area of homes and businesses that covered nearly half a mile, Harnen said.
Harnen also said authorities were searching door to door before dawn Wednesday for any other damage.
"Those that were injured at the day care center had left their mobile home to seek shelter in the building," said
Clifton said 50 to 60 homes in the county had been damaged with about half of them destroyed.
"Presently, we have two (
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