Tornado Touches Down in Macon Co. Damaging 10 Homes


By Jessica Gertler

From Macon County -- The National Weather Service confirms a tornado with winds up to 120 miles per hour hit Notasulga last night damaging 10 homes. Now the cleanup begins.


Thursday night's storm lasted under an hour, but left authorities on the scene well into the night.

At day break, 74-year-old Elvira Murphy relives the emotions.

"I was in the room here at the end. I was in my bed, and I heard a roaring. I tried to walk up to the front, but I got soaking wet, because it was raining so hard," she says. "Just got so nervous and upset, I felt like my heart was running away."

Ms. Murphy moved into her mobile home on County Road 39 when her husband died 12 years ago. Luckily, her son was home when the storm hit and got her out without a scrape on her body.

"Thank God," she says. "God is good."

James Brooks lives a few doors down on Highway 14.  Brooks's wife and children took cover in the closet underneath the hallway. Brooks was in the kitchen. He says he couldn't get there in time.

Brooks says in ten seconds, the wind tore through his roof, parts of his ceiling caved in and ripped the side paneling off his daughter's bedroom.

"It's a scary situation," he says. "She had just recently talked about going to bed, because the weather was going bad."

Authorities say ten homes were damaged in Thursday night's storm.

"We're looking at probably 110 to 120 miles an hour," says Kevin Laws with the National Weather Service.

Ten homes will need repair, but not one person was hurt.

"We'll replace all this, but you can't replace a life," says Brooks.

Both families say they have insurance, but right now, they don't know what's covered and are both looking for a rental home.

To help the families, you can call the Central Alabama Red Cross at (334) 260-3980. 



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