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Tornado causes major damage to Albertville and Geraldine

ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) -  The National Weather Service calling the tornado that touched down in Albertville and Geraldine and caused major damage an EF3.

As of Sunday night, 33 people were injured in Albertville, but no one was killed.

In Albertville, there are multiple trees and power lines down along with roof damage to several homes.

The BP gas station was damaged on Hwy 431 and a mobile home park across from the Albertville Elementary School was hit.

The tornado leveled at least half a dozen homes in the Edmundson neighborhood.

The storm wiped out power, leaving many neighborhoods in darkness and law enforcement without communications. That made it more difficult for officials to assess damage overnight.

The Albertville police chief is asking non-residents to stay out of the city.

In fact, anyone seen in the area and is not resident will be arrested.

The Emergency Management Agency said the hardest hit area was in Geraldine.

At least ten people were injured and are expected to be ok.

According to DeKalb county superintendent, Charles Warren, there was some damage around Geraldine School, but it was too dark to tell how much.

The American Red Cross has opened an official shelter at the Boaz Senior Center for anyone whose homes are damaged or destroyed by the tornado. The Boaz Senior Center is located at 112 Church Street in Boaz.

2/3 of Albertville is without power. City officials said power might not be fully restored until Wednesday.

They also said the new Albertville High School facilities were significantly damaged in the storm. Albertville City School leaders canceled classes from April 26-30 until they find a suitable place for students to meet.

Albertville First Baptist Church was damaged in the storm. The church's pastor said the same church was damaged in a tornado 102 years ago to the date.

The Salvation Army mobile kitchen set up at fire station #1 off South Broad Street in Albertville to assist the victims of the tornado Sunday morning.

Sunday morning Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Brock Long will see first-hand the damaged left behind as a result of last night's destructive tornado.

Director Long will meet with the Marshall County EMA director and other first responders before seeing the destruction.

Following the Albertville tour Director Long will then meet with the DeKalb County EMA director and assess the damage in that county.

If you have storm damage pictures and would like to share them email pix@waff.com

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