CRENSHAW COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Crenshaw County was hit hard by Mother Nature early Sunday morning. Crenshaw County Emergency Management Agency Director Earl Thompson said the overnight storm left an obvious path of damage, but there were no reports of injuries.
Monday, the National Weather Service issued a report based off ground surveys indicating an EF-2 tornado touched down, causing damage that included trees snapped at their trunks, destruction of chicken houses and out buildings. One home and car were also significantly damaged.
NWS surveyors say the tornado was approximately 100 yards wide at its greatest strength and had sustained winds of between 110 and 120 mph, putting it in the EF-2 tornado range. The twister stayed on the ground from 3:05 a.m. until 3:39 a.m. and traveled for 14.4 miles between Dozier and Luverne before dissipating.
Edwin Mitchell owns a farm on Mitchell Road in the Spring Hill Community just outside of Brantley. He says a tornado came through and destroyed five chicken houses and three of his barns and damaged his roof. Family and friends spent Sunday morning surveying the damage and starting to clean up. Mitchell said the farm is his livelihood, but he doesn't believe he will rebuild.
Mitchell said even though he lost a lot of property, he is very thankful his family wasn't harmed.
Richard Lewis lives on Gin Creek Road. His home was heavily damaged, but he was able to get his entire family out safely.
"We had the alarms on the phones, We heard the sirens, the sirens went off twice, of course we watched the TV. But nothing really prepares you for it," Lewis described. "You kind of think it's going to go around you, but it don't, and we rode it out. We're kind of fortunate that we're all here. It's material things."
Tornado warnings were issued for Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw and Pike counties between 2:15 a.m. and 4 a.m. as a tornadic thunderstorm cell moved rapidly northeastward across that area. Tornado warnings were also issued for Dale and Henry counties between 6:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m.
Dale County EMA Director Robert Marsh says four homes in Pinckard in a rural part of the county were damaged and one unoccupied mobile was destroyed. He said some trees and power lines were also down in areas of the county. No injuries were reported.