Tornado Rips Through Wetumpka Causing Extensive Damage

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Caleb Turrentine, Wetumpka Herald

A tornado Saturday devastated Wetumpka. Gov. Kay Ivey has sent the Alabama Emergency Management Agency to assist with recovery efforts.

A tornado ravaged through parts of Wetumpka Saturday afternoon significantly damaging buildings, churches, and homes. Radar confirmed a tornado on the ground around 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Numerous reports show substantial damage to homes, overturned cars, and downed trees. Photos on social media show the front section of the First Baptist Church destroyed.

Elmore County Community Hospital is treating seven people with injuries from the tornado and one person has been transported to a Montgomery hospital, said James Oliver, the hospital’s emergency coordinator. Most of the injuries are minor to moderate, he said.

 

The Wetumpka Police Department warned residents to stay in their homes and off the roadways.

“There is a big issue right now with people walking around and driving to see the damage, which is horrific. Power lines are down everywhere! Please, let First Responders do their work as they search for trapped and injured people in multiple businesses. This is a very serious incident, and unless you are there to help, please go back home.”

Gov. Kay Ivey deployed the Alabama Emergency Management Agency to Elmore County to assist with recovery efforts.

 

As of 4:30 pm, the strong storms had passed through central Alabama, but cities in south Alabama such as Eufaula, Troy and Wedowee still are at risk or heavy rain and damaging winds. After the storms pass, temperatures are expected to drop throughout the state tonight.

“The low tonight will be in the 30s in most of Alabama. Temperatures will go down hill throughout the day on Sunday,” she said.

A National Weather Service team is scheduled to survey damage in Wetumpka on Sunday.

 

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