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Colbert Co. storm victims work to clean up damages

The damaged areas included parts of Colbert County just north of Leighton on Hatton School Road. The damaged areas included parts of Colbert County just north of Leighton on Hatton School Road.
COLBERT COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Some storm victims braved cold weather to clean up damages a week after severe weather ripped through parts of the Tennessee Valley.

The damaged areas included parts of Colbert County just north of Leighton on Hatton School Road.

A lot of the debris has already been cleared, but one look at the trees and it is obvious something powerful moved through.      

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-0 touched down during the severe weather last Monday afternoon.

Emergency Management Agency officials said the quickness and severity of last week's storms shows just how powerful Mother Nature can be and how important it is to seek shelter when severe weather threatens.

"It shows us Mother Nature is in charge. Even though we weren't at a high risk of tornadoes, one can spin up very rapidly and do substantial damage very quickly and dissipate. I think we are very lucky out there that no more damage than what it was and we had extensive damage out there," said Mike Melton with the Colbert County EMA.

Officials said last Monday's tornado reached speeds up to 85 miles an hour.

Neighbors said it touched down and left within a matter of minutes.

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