PRATTVILLE, AL -- WSFA 12 News has spoken with Jim Stefkovich from that National Weather Service in Birmingham who is on the scene in Prattville. He has confirmed that the tornado that hit the city is rated an EF-3. More >>
The Montgomery Humane Society will gladly take in the pets of the victims of Prattville. Anyone who needs help in taking care of their pets until they can get settled can bring them to the MontgomeryMore >>
Troy, Al. (WSFA) -- The American Red Cross is scheduling a Disaster Relief Drive in Troy.
The drive will be held on Wednesday, February 20th from 8am to 5pm at the Wal-Mart on U.S. Highway 231 in Troy.
Prattville, Al. (WSFA) -- Prattville Mayor Jim Byard is announcing that several charitable organizations are offering assistance to the victims of the weekend tornado in their time of need.
If residentsMore >>
As several Alabama counties clean up, officials are assessing the damage of the severe storm outbreak. WSFA 12 News has video from the hardest hit area as the tornado touched down in Prattville. More >>
Prattville, Al. (WSFA) -- Art Ivins, Manager of the Montgomery Expressway Toll Bridge, says the bridge will offer free passage to anyone assisting in the Prattville tornado recovery.
They will honor thisMore >>
The Alabama Department of Insurance is dispatching its disaster response vehicle and consumer specialists to Prattville to aid citizens there with insurance questions following Sunday afternoon's tornado,More >>
Prattville, Al. (WSFA) -- If you have lost your job because of the tornado damage and don't know where to turn, Governor Bob Riley's office is asking that you call the Alabama Department of IndustrialMore >>
At least one school suffered major damage in the storm that hit Prattville.More >>
Prattville, Ala. (WSFA) -- As "Severe Weather Awareness Week" kicks off Governor Bob Riley and numerous other officials toured the damage in heavily hit portions of Prattville on Monday.
Riley held a press conference at Noon and praised the fast response of agencies like FEMA and departments like the Dept. of Public Safety, Dept. of Homeland Security and many others.
Upon arriving in the Preferred City Governor Riley and his staff met with a family who's home was severely damaged in Sunday's storm. The Governor says he counted no less than 23 different volunteers helping that family.
In all Autauga, Dallas, Lowndes, Chilton, Escambia, Russell, and Covington Counties were hit by a wave of storms on Sunday.
None of the areas were affected as heavily as Prattville, which suffered over 200 homes destroyed.
Governor Riley says, "We can rebuild these homes, we can rebuild these communities, and we will."
But as much damage as the storm created as it rolled across the state there is a sense of relief in what it did not bring. No fatalities are being reported at this time, though there are several injuries.
Prattville Mayor Jim Byard says, "God was watching our city last night."
During the news briefing, Byard announced astounding news. There are no reports of looting at all during the over night hours.
Byard assures his citizens that local, state and national help is being secured to bring the area back to a sense of normality.
Governor Riley says his plan for severe weather situations couldn't have gone off much better.
He thanked radio and television stations for doing their part to provide information to viewers on where the storms were going.
"If it hadn't been for the National Weather Service, if it hadn't been for the attention to detail we probably would have lost lives," Riley says.
In looking at the damage, NWS Meteorologist Jim Stefkovich says the tornado that hit Prattville was an EF-3 with winds of 140-150 MPH. That tornado left a path a 1/4 mile wide.