Wetumpka residents deal with widespread tornado damage


“It’s scary. But it’s poof and it’s gone. It’s like a loud roar and that’s it,” said Bob Helsing.

Helsing says that he was just sitting in his home when a tornado came barreling through his neighborhood Saturday night. His house survived mostly unscathed. But that isn’t the case for much of Wetumpka.

The First Presbyterian Church used to stand tall over the city with beauty and splendor. But now, that same church has been turned into a pile of rubble. Were it not for the children’s toys left scattered on the ground, the church’s nursery would be completely unrecognizable. 

The preliminary survey performed by the Nation Weather Service estimates that Saturday night’s tornado was an EF-2 with winds between 120 and 130 miles per hour. But thankfully, nobody was killed as most residents found shelter.

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