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National Weather Service surveys north Alabama tornado damage

ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The National Weather Service is releasing more information about the storms that hit north Alabama Saturday night.

The National Weather Service has completed their preliminary assessments of the damage paths from Saturday's storms. They are back out Monday to do more surveying.

Their initial findings indicate three storms for North Alabama that produced a total of four tornados. The storm that moved through Albertville produced a second tornado near Mentone in Dekalb County.

The first tornadic storm moved across Marshall and DeKalb counties.

More than 33 people were injured.

The section of tornado that moved through Albertville to Geraldine had estimated peak winds of 140 miles per hour. Its preliminary rating is EF-3.

The path length was 18.5 miles long and it was 3/4 mile wide.

The first section touched down west of Albertville and moved across the city. Then it moved northeastward into the town of Geraldine.

The city of Albertville was especially hard hit with damage to numerous residences, Albertville High School and several large retail buildings.

There was also extensive tree damage throughout the damage path.

In the town of Geraldine numerous large trees were snapped or uprooted which also led to some structural damage to residences along County Road 227 and 52 just southeast of Highway 75.

The second section touched down near Mentone in DeKalb County.

The path length was 2 miles and the width was 1/4 mile.

This section of the tornado touched down about three to four miles southeast of Mentone between County Road 106 and 117.

The most significant damage occurred to a trailer park, Morning Glory Court, where several single wide manufactured homes were destroyed. Large trees were also snapped or uprooted.

Several injuries occurred with this tornado, but an exact number is unknown at this time.

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