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      NWS says at least 4 tornadoes touched down during recent storms in Alabama, EF-2 in Fort Payne

      The National Weather Service says at least four tornadoes touched down in Alabama during this week's storms. (Viewer-submitted photo to abc3340.com)

      HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The National Weather Service says at least four tornadoes touched down in Alabama during this week's storms, including an EF-2 tornado that flung a semitrailer onto the roof of an industrial plant in the Fort Payne area.

      The Fort Payne-area twister was brief but powerful, with estimated winds up to 125 mph. Survey crews from the weather service say it flipped three large semitrailers, vaulting one into the air and onto the factory's roof around 12:30 a.m. Friday.

      Another EF-1 tornado touched down at a marina on the Tennessee River in Limestone County, then damaged some nearby condos and homes Thursday night.

      Two other Thursday night twisters snapped and uprooted trees and damaged some homes in the Cartwright community in northern Alabama and in the Anderson area of Lauderdale County.

      DETAILED INFORMATION FROM FROM THE ACTUAL SURVEYS IS BELOW.FORT PAYNE TORNADO...RATING: EF-2ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 125 MPHPATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 0.8 MILESPATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 50 YARDSFATALITIES: 0INJURIES: 1START DATE: FEB 21 2014 START TIME: 12:28 AM CSTSTART LOCATION: 4 NNE OF FORT PAYNE /GAULT AVE./START LAT/LON: 34.4941 / -85.6754END DATE: FEB 21 2014END TIME: 12:31 AM CSTEND LOCATION: 5 NE OF FORT PAYNE /MARTIN AVE./END LAT/LON: 34.4994 / -85.6624SURVEY SUMMARY:A BRIEF BUT STRONG TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT THE JET POLYMER PLANT OFFGAULT AVENUE ABOUT 4 MILES NORTH-NORTHEAST OF THE TOWN OF FORT PAYNEIN CENTRAL DEKALB COUNTY. THE TORNADO FLIPPED 3 LARGE TRACTORTRAILERS...ONE OF WHICH WAS VAULTED INTO THE AIR...LANDING ON TOP OFTHE PLANT'S ROOF. ADJACENT THE PLANT...ACROSS A PARKING LOT...AMEDIUM-SIZED METAL BUILDING STRUCTURE HAD MUCH OF ITS METAL SIDINGREMOVED AND ROOF UPLIFTED. ALSO...THE COLUMN ANCHORAGE WAS SEVERELYBENT AND FAILED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED ITS TRACK NORTHEAST...SNAPPINGAND UPROOTING MEDIUM TO LARGE-SIZED TREES.BEYOND THIS POINT...THE TORNADO APPEARED TO SKIP ALONG ITS TRACK(LITTLE TO NO DAMAGE SEEN) BEFORE DOING SIGNIFICANT STRUCTURAL DAMAGETO SEVERAL HOMES ALONG GREEN VALLEY CIRCLE. TWO SINGLE-FAMILY WELLCONSTRUCTED RESIDENCES SUSTAINED A COMPLETE LOSS OF ROOF ANDCOLLAPSE OF AT LEAST TWO EXTERIOR (BRICK) WALLS...MOST NOTABLE AROUNDTHE GARAGE. NUMEROUS TREES SURROUNDING THE PROPERTIES WERE SNAPPED ORUPROOTED. IN ADDITION...ONE SMALL AND ONE MEDIUM-SIZED SHED WERECOMPLETELY DESTROYED. THIS AREA APPEARED TO BE WHERE THE TORNADO WASAT ITS STRONGEST /PEAK WINDS: 125 MPH = EF-2 RATING/. OTHER NEARBYHOMES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD ALONG GREEN VALLEY CIRCLE SUSTAINED MAINLYLOSS OF ROOF SHINGLES...SIDING PANELS AND BROKEN WINDOWS.JUST UP THE HILL FROM THIS LOCATION...A SMALL APARTMENT COMPLEX WASHIT. PARTIAL UPLIFT OF THE ROOF...LOSS OF SIDING AND BROKEN WINDOWSWERE SEEN AT A TWO-STORY BUILDING IN THE COMPLEX. OTHER SMALLERBUILDINGS HAD JUST MINOR ROOF DAMAGE /LOSS OF SHINGLES/ WITH SMALLTREES AND BRANCHES SNAPPED. CONTINUING NORTHEAST ALONG ITS SHORTTRACK...THE TORNADO APPEARED TO QUICKLY WEAKEN AND EVENTUALLY LIFTNEAR THE INTERSECTION OF 55TH STREET AND MARTIN AVENUE...BUT NOTBEFORE CAUSING PARTIAL ROOF LOSS TO A HOME. AT THIS LOCATION...PLASTIC FENCING AROUND A POOL WAS KNOCKED OUT AND SEVERAL TREES WERESNAPPED ABOUT HALFWAY DOWN. QUITE A BIT OF DEBRIS WAS ALSO NOTICEDLITTERING THE AREA...SEEMINGLY DEPOSITED BY THE TORNADO AS ITDIMINISHED.SURVEYED BY: NADLER/CARCIONE
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