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National Weather Service confirms tornado hit Ft. Payne

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Residents spent Friday trying to clean up and repair what had been done. Residents spent Friday trying to clean up and repair what had been done.
FORT PAYNE, AL (WAFF) -

Friday was spent cleaning up the damages caused by the storms that struck the Tennessee Valley the night before. Fort Payne was one of the towns hit the hardest.

In one week the weather changed from standing in half a foot of snow and cars sliding off the road to homes being destroyed.

David Nadler with the National Weather Service confirmed that the damage was caused by a tornado. He said that they were still working out the details of the intensity and how big it was, but confirmed that it was a tornado that caused the damage in the areas they surveyed.

A team with the National Weather Service was out surveying the damage. There were three main locations: a plastic recycling center, a neighborhood, and an apartment complex.

It was just after midnight when residents woke up to loud noises as mother nature brought in winds that ripped off the roofs of buildings, and sent debris flying which put holes in some of those homes. Residents spent Friday trying to clean up and repair what had been done.

Employees of the Jet Polymer Recycling plant also spent much of the day cleaning up. They arrived to work Friday morning to find numerous tractor trailers turned over. Crews began cleaning up the debris and removing the large trailers. There was only power to half building so workers began operating where they could, and by mid-day power had been restored. Once the power went back on, the facility began functioning again.

"Right now we're loading trucks and unloading trucks and doing our deliveries that we've got to do, said Plan Manager Bean Mitchell. "I mean we've not stopped. This morning at five o'clock my drivers come to work. I sent them on to do their job." Mitchell also said the place had a lot of roof damage, but said they'll patch that up and keep on going.

While there was a large effort to clean up the damages, there were a couple of homes that were left uninhabitable. Portions of Green Valley Circle looked like a war zone after the storms Thursday night.

Two people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, but there were no reported fatalities. Two homes were destroyed and several others were damaged. Red Cross officials took food to those who were cleaning up. One resident, Walter Turner, said he sustained roof damage and will probably have to move out for a while.

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