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April 30, 2014

Updated: EF-1 tornado confirmed in Kimberly, causing heavy damage



Warrior and Morris city crews and law enforcement were working in Kimberly Monday night and Tuesday, and Morris Mayor Joe Pylant and other volunteers were traveling throughout Kimberly on a pickup truck handing out water and Gatorade to workers and volunteers. 

Monday’s tornadoes began in Mississippi, where large tornadoes struck the cities of Tupelo and Louisville in the early afternoon. A tornado in Limestone County, north of Athens, killed at least four people at about 4 p.m.

Tornadoes continued to push into central Alabama as the night wore on. In addition to the Kimberly storm, warnings were issued for Cullman and Blount counties, though no significant damage was reported.

A tornado also did considerable property damage in Graysville, and the path of that possible tornado was projected on into Mt. Olive and Gardendale, but the tornado lifted before reaching those communities. The Weather Service survey team rated that tornado as an EF-2 with a path 5.45 miles long and 1500 yards wide at its widest point. The tornado began three miles south-southwest of Adamsville, crossed over U.S. 78 and Interstate 22 (Corridor X), and lifted at a point two miles south-southwest of Brookside. Three minor injuries were reported.

A tornado struck southern and eastern parts of Tuscaloosa, where a member of the University of Alabama swimming team was killed when a retaining wall collapsed and fell on him. That same storm continued on into Bessemer, doing damage to an apartment complex behind UAB West hospital, but with nothing more than minor injuries.

Additional damage was reported in the Straight Mountain area of Blount County, south of Oneonta. The Weather Service has not announced survey results for that area.

Gov. Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency for all of Alabama on Monday, and visited the damaged areas the next day.

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