Severe weather creates dangerous day for Salem residents - WRBL

Severe weather creates dangerous day for Salem residents

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SALEM, Ala. - The first tornado warnings rolled into our area early Tuesday morning. It’s believed at least two twisters likely touched down in Lee County early in the morning.

Road crews were out early in Lee County trying clean up the mess left behind from a possible tornado. It was around 5 AM when people in Salem were awoken by the noise.

 “It was so fast. It was so loud. It was a lot of commotion. It was very loud. But, it was so fast that i couldn't even explain a sound,” said Salem resident Todd Toliver.

 “Kind of like a large choo choo train. You know, 'ch-ch-ch-ch-cha'. Everything was vibrating and moving,” said Gerald Brundidge, a Salem resident.

That noise prompted most people to find cover in their homes.

 “I ran downstairs and we got in the bathroom. It was real loud for 30 seconds or so. It got real calm and passed on over us,” said resident Brock Pittman.

As the sun came up after the storm passed, the sights of uprooted trees and damaged homes were accompanied by the noises of chainsaws and cleanup trucks.

“This is something I’ve seen on a movie. I just never thought it would happen this close to home,” Tolliver said.

Some people say they were scared when the wind picked up, but, others kept calm.

“Not really, i wasn't scared at all. I knew god was over us. I knew god has us in his hands and he would protect us. I wasn't scared at all,” said Pittman.

Any fear people had quickly turned into motivation to tend to the damage in Lee County.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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