Sunday marks one year since Wetumpka tornado

State of city as anniversary of Wetumpka tornado approaches

WETUMPKA, Ala. (WSFA) - On Jan. 19, 2019, a tornado caused millions of dollars in damage and injured four people in Wetumpka.

Pastor Jonathan Yarboro perhaps lost the most in the tornado. The pastor’s historic church, First Presbyterian Church, was blown away.

“We’re blessed with tangible signs of rebuilding and especially in the framing portion of what’s going," he said. "That happened very quickly.”

The tornado packed winds of 135 miles an hour, caused more than $5 million in damages to city-related properties and injured four people.

Those who happened to be driving on the Bibb-Graves Bridge during the storm say they felt the span groan against the punishing winds.

The hallmarks of the storm are still visible today but nowhere near the debris that littered this part of town on the night of Jan. 19, 2019. For months the storm knocked the city off its rails of normalcy, but since that time Wetumpka has healed, no longer feeling shattered and broken.

Community leaders will gather at the Wetumpka First Baptist Church on Sunday to reflect and remember the storm. The gathering is set for 11:45 a.m. Sunday at the church, which lost part of its facility in the tornado.

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