Neighbors clean up after EF-2 tornado strikes Bessemer
An EF-2 tornado traveling 122 mph rammed through Bessemer, Alabama Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service.Some of the most heavily-damaged homes and properties were along Oak Street.Winds blew over several trees and crushed cars in Carol Buchanan's yard."There is a lot of damage to be cleaned up and it's not going to be the same ever again. But you have the memories, and that's basically what you're going to end up with, " Buchanan said as tears streamed down her face.Several tree companies removed trees from yards and roads throughout the city Wednesday. Dozens of families continue to take shelter at the Bessemer Civic Center. A shelter manager tells ABC 33/40 roughly 340 people have registered for help at the site since Monday's storms.The Bessemer Mayor's Office says, as of 11 a.m., 3,000 people remained without power. An assistant to Mayor Kenneth Gulley also requests drivers to avoid 4th Avenue and Division because the road is closed due to down power lines and other damage.Stay with ABC 33/40 for more on this developing story.