Fort Payne, Ala. Mayor Larry Chesser saw some of the places hardest hit by the tornado that hit his town early Friday morning.
"It's a little worse than what we thought it was last night, but still it could've been a lot worse," said the mayor. "It could've been a heck of a lot worse."
Two people suffered minor injuries. This afternoon, the National Weather Service inspected the damage. Dave Nadler, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for north Alabama, told NewsChannel 9, "This is definitely in the EF-1, EF-2 range [torndao]."
Nadler and his coworkers spent the day taking pictures, logging information, looking for indicators and loading all of the data into an iPad. Next, they will plot out a path.
"From what we've seen and we started off at the recycling plant, so we're kind of working our way northeast, it looks tornadic," Nadler noted.
The evidence stares you in the face, especially as one homeowner looked at his destroyed house. Nadler explained how the roof was lifted off and how the walls fell outward.
"What happens is when air gets in and there's such an imbalance in pressure, which there is when you have tornadoes, it basically explodes the house and that's exactly what you're seeing here."
Meanwhile, Newley took some moments to reflect on what happened in his neighborhood and to his neighbors.
"It's sad, real sad. Made me think how precious life is. Seeing one happen that close to you, it really makes you think."
Story and Photo by John Madewell