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Albertville remembers 2 tornadoes, 100 years apart

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No one was killed, but at least 30 people were injured. No one was killed, but at least 30 people were injured.
ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

On Wednesday, residents in Albertville remembered two devastating tornadoes that hit the city on this very day more than 100 years apart.

First a tornado came through on April 24th, 1908, destroying downtown Albertville and killing more than a dozen people. Then more than 100 years later, yet another tornado came through the same area on April 24th, 2010, causing extensive damage once again.

This day certainly puts folks a little on edge, especially when there is bad weather.

Severe storms passed through Albertville all throughout the day on April 24th, 2010, but it wasn't until 10:15 that night when an EF-3 twister came ripping through Marshall County.

It lifted homes off their foundations, uprooted massive trees, and destroyed a school.

No one was killed, but at least 30 people were injured.

The First Baptist Church played a vital role in getting the community back on its feet.

In the days after the tornado, the parking lot served as a staging area for relief efforts, and the gym was used as a place to serve meals and provide shelter.

In the weeks after the storm, this church was turned into a makeshift school, after the real school was destroyed.

Three years later, the community is still recovering and rebuilding from that day.

New homes are completed and trees replanted, but the impact of that tornado still lingers - especially because this anniversary falls just days before another traumatic event, the anniversary of the April 27th, 2011 tornado outbreak.

"It's going to be a long road to recovery mentally for a lot of people because now when the sirens go off or there is the threat of severe weather, it's terrifying for a lot of people. They wonder, is it going to happen to me this time? That's the question. Is it going to hit my home this time? Or is it going to hit me again?" said Anita McBurnett with Marshall County EMA.

Because of that fear, Marshall County EMA is doing everything they can to promote severe weather planning and awareness.

In fact, they are installing eight new community storm shelters and 20 new outdoor warning sirens throughout the county.

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