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NWS confirms 4 tornadoes touched down Thursday night

People spent the weekend cleaning up the damage the storm left in its path. People spent the weekend cleaning up the damage the storm left in its path.
NORTH ALABAMA (WAFF) -

The National Weather Service confirmed four tornadoestouched down between Thursday night and early Friday morning. People spent theweekend cleaning up the damage the storm left in its path.

In Limestone County, an EF-1 tornado touched down in theCoxey Community, damaging the marina and several homes. It snapped trees andpower poles in its path. It also knocked out power to about 3,000 people.Saturday night, 27 customers remain in the Blue Springs area without power.Athens Utilities crews hope to restore power by the end of the day.

People in Fort Payne are also picking up the pieces afteran EF-2 tornado touched down early Friday morning. It left a lot of damage tohomes on Green Valley Circle in its path.

Two homes were completely destroyed. A man in one ofthose homes was trapped in his hallway during the tornado because of fallendebris. He and another person were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.The Red Cross is putting these families up in a motel, as they work to salvagewhat's left of their homes. The tornado also damaged the Jet Polymer Plant,flipping three large tractor trailers and damaging the roof.

Cleanup is also underway in Lauderdale County, where theNational Weather Service said an EF-1 tornado touched down Thursday night. Windspeeds reached over 100 miles an hour.

The tornado downed trees in the area of County Road 86and Highway 207. Several houses sustained damage, including one where the windsblew off the roof and knocked out the windows. A mother and her 8-year-old sonwere injured, but are recovering.

With all the damage, a tax break for severe weather supplies came at the right time. Over the weekend, Alabama residents can stock up on a number of items, from weather radios and duct tape, free of state sales tax. More than 200 cities and counties are waiving their local taxes for the weekend too. It will go on through Sunday at midnight.

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