published Friday, February 21st, 2014

Buildings destroyed, injuries reported after possible tornado in Fort Payne, Ala.

Storm victim Timothy Ballinger clears debris from his home on Greenvalley Circle in Fort Payne, Ala., on Friday.
Storm victim Timothy Ballinger clears debris from his home on Greenvalley Circle in Fort Payne, Ala., on Friday.
Photo by Tim Barber.
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    This boat was blown off its trailer at 80 Greenvalley Cir in Fort Payne. Power crews work to restore service in the background.
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FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Strong storms that struck Fort Payne, Ala., overnight didn't surprise some people even though they came after midnight.

Jessica Gray, a 17-year-old who attends Fort Payne High School, said she took shelter in the bathroom in her apartment at Mountain View Apartments after hearing a tornado warning.

A few moments later she heard the winds.

"It was really loud and scary," Jessica said, taking a break this morning from cleaning up debris from the complex grounds.

The storm left the apartment roof leaking and a window shattered as it passed, according to Jessica and her mother, Lisa Holcomb.

Officials say five structures were heavily damaged and many others sustained light to moderate damage. Two people were injured, officials said.

Red Cross and Salvation Army officials were on the scene today helping storm victims.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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