TS Claudette causes tornado damage in southern Alabama | Alabama
As Tropical Story Claudette made landfall Saturday morning on the Louisiana coast, her outer bands were wreaking havoc in the FOX10 News viewing area. East Brewton in Escambia County has been hit by what EMA officials are calling a tornado. There he destroyed several mobile homes and damaged others.
âIt was just whoof and it was gone. Just that fast, âsaid Tyler Smith.
“And it lasted about ten seconds and it was over,” recalls Frank Lanier.
It took seconds to turn the lives of some East Brewton residents upside downâ¦ literally. No one remembered exactly what time this happened, but said it was shortly after 7:00 a.m. when EMA officials said a tornado hit Andrew Jackson Street.
Curtis Glass was in the bedroom of his mobile home when he knocked. He got to the front door in seconds and the damage was already done. He was still in shock a few hours later.
Major damage to Alabama mobile home park amid tropical storm
âThe devastationâ¦ the devastation. The three trailersâ¦ well, there were six trailers. There were seven trailers destroyed and I knew them all, âGlass said in a trembling voice. âThere was a couple that lived up there in the first trailer up there. They got hurt.
The damage was so severe that there was no way to tell the pieces of the trailer in the rubble. Public safety officials said three people from the trailer park were injured and taken to area hospitals, but no deaths were reported.
The tornado struck so fast that no one had time to prepare for it, and it was so powerful that it knocked over trucks and twisted the frames of mobile homes, demolishing them beyond recognition. Those who lived it said that they never wanted to have such an experience again.
âI have never been in a tornado. I never want to go through another like this. Never in my life, âsaid Glass.
After reaching the trailer park, the tornado set its sights on WS Neal High School, nearby. There was roof damage and debris from a nearby building piled up against its walls.
Tyler Smith’s mother lives across the street from the school. His house suffered extensive roof damage and water spilled inside, destroying many property. Fortunately, she had spent the night elsewhere, but much of what the storm swept away belonged to Smith’s late sister and cannot be replaced.
âMy mom put off about two years to go through thisâ¦ and uh, she hasn’t made it now,â a tearful Smith said.
Several power lines were also down in the area. The ALEA reported that Highway 29, which leads to Pensacola, was closed for several hours so that electrical crews could remove electricity from the roadway.
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