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National Weather Service preliminary report shows EF-0 tornado in North Alabama

Officials say additional surveys will be conducted on Friday to gather more conclusive information.

Posted: May 9, 2019 5:47 PM
Updated: May 9, 2019 11:00 PM

A preliminary damage survey conducted on Thursday by the National Weather Service found at least EF-0 tornado damage with estimated wind speeds at 85 mph around the Alabama/Tennessee state line, near Hunter Road and U.S. 231 in Lincoln County. Officials say additional surveys will be conducted on Friday to gather more conclusive information.

WAAY 31 was at Hunter Road, where winds ripped trees to shreds Thursday afternoon. One house was damaged when a tree fell on top of its chimney.

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Utility crews were at the area working to replace a power pole, and neighbors said they were without power for a while. Right now, the power is back on.

Amanda Calderon lives on Hunter Road right down the road from a house that had trees fall on it, which caused damage to the roof. Calderon said she was woken up from a nap by the storm.

"I looked out the window and everything was going crazy. The wind was blowing the trees around, and I seen that tree fall," said Calderon.

She's from Alabama, but hasn't had an experience like this before, "that's first time I've even been this close to something like it," said Calderon.

Calderon said the most memorable part of the storm was the sound it made blowing through, "it was like real high pitched and then there was like grumbling noises. There was just branches and leaves flying everywhere," said Calderon.

The family of the woman who lives in the house where trees fell on it told WAAY 31 she was frightened during the storm. She thought a large limb simply fell on her house and was shocked when she came outside to see so many trees on the ground. She can't spend the night there because of the damage, so she's staying with family.

The Lincoln County, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency told WAAY 31 the only other damage throughout the county was some minor tree limbs that fell on the road.

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