First Alabama tornado recorded in St. Clair County

BRANCHVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — The first tornado of 2014 touched down in St. Clair County. The National Weather Service says the 85 mile per hour twister touched down last Friday around 2 a.m. What Branchville homeowner Rick Bailey thought was just straight line winds was actually an EF-0 tornado. Bailey also had a tree fall on top of his home and more blown down all over his property.

Carla Rubio is another resident of the community. Her 6 and 9-year-old daughters felt the trash cans hit the side of their bedroom wall as if they were propelled like missiles. One of those garbage cans destroyed the Rubio’s doghouse.  Luckily Austin, the family dog, was not hurt.

Although a warning wasn’t issued, a tornado watch was in effect until 3 a.m. Friday morning. The tornado touched down at 1:56 a.m. The storm broke the 280 day string without a tornado anywhere in Alabama. Now with February ending, we are entering spring storm season, which runs from March to May.

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