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NWS confirms EF-1 tornado hit Kimberly

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Kimberly Church of God was damaged in the tornado. Source: Shannon Meadows via Twitter Kimberly Church of God was damaged in the tornado. Source: Shannon Meadows via Twitter
The tornado hit the Kimberly Fire Station, destroying a building and damaging vehicles, but no one was injured. Source: Ronda Robinson/WBRC The tornado hit the Kimberly Fire Station, destroying a building and damaging vehicles, but no one was injured. Source: Ronda Robinson/WBRC
Kimberly Fire Station. Source: Shannon Meadows via Twitter Kimberly Fire Station. Source: Shannon Meadows via Twitter
This is what's left of the Kimberly Fire Station. Source: Shannon Meadows via Twitter This is what's left of the Kimberly Fire Station. Source: Shannon Meadows via Twitter
Damage at the Kimberly Fire Station. Source: Ronda Robinson/WBRC Damage at the Kimberly Fire Station. Source: Ronda Robinson/WBRC
KIMBERLY, AL (WBRC) -

People in north Jefferson County town of Kimberly are cleaning up from the damage left behind by an EF-1 tornado on Monday.

The NWS estimates the 800-yard wide tornado reached peak winds of 100 mph and had a 3.3 mile long path. It was on the ground for approximately nine minutes between 10 p.m. and 10:09 p.m.

The NWS says the tornado touched down near I-65, about a half mile south of Sardis Road. It then moved northeast, crossed I-65 and uprooted hundreds of trees as it approached Kimberly.

The tornado destroyed the Kimberly Fire Department, scattering parts of the building across the road. Several firefighters were taking shelter in the fire department, but no one was hurt.

The Kimberly Church of God was also heavily damaged. Pastor Stan Cooke said he is sad about the loss, but optimistic the church will rebuild.

"We have a great congregation, resilient people. They are Alabamians, they will bounce back, stronger and better than what this led us to. Better days are ahead, we're just looking forward to getting on with business," Cooke said.

The NWS says the storms ripped the roof from a vacant, large retail building and also damaged several homes. The tornado finally lifted as it crossed Bill Jones Road.

No one was injured or hurt in the storm.

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