TODAY: Gov. Bentley heads to tornado stricken Pickens Co.

ALICEVILLE, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is scheduled to visit rural west Alabama to discuss the state’s response to storms that caused significant damage in several areas.

Gov. Bentley will tour Pickens County Saturday and discuss the importance of storm shelters. The National Weather Service has said two tornadoes touched down in Pickens County Tuesday night and two others also hit Lamar and Fayette counties.

Officials say the tornadoes that hit Pickens County had peak wind speeds of 135mph and 85mph. The National Weather Service says a tornado that hit Lamar County had a wind speed of 105mph, and a tornado that hit Fayette County had a peak wind speed of 90mph.

Bentley says the Alabama Emergency Management Agency is working with local officials to offer support in affected areas.

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