Christmas Eve tornado damages homes

Unusual late December tornado destroys, damage homes in northern Alabama communites

BELLE MINA, AL | December 26, 2008

National Weather Service forecasters said Friday that a severe storm that destroyed and damaged several homes in this northern Alabama town about 3:30 PM Christmas Eve, was an EF-1 tornado.

Forecasters said that while rare, tornadoes around Christmas sometimes occur.

Residents of rural Limestone County had no warning that a possible tornado would strike. Despite the fact that there were no warnings, no injuries have been reported.

At its peak, the tornado was approximately 50-yards wide and stayed on the ground for just 1.6 miles. According to emergency managers, two mobile homes and farm buildings were damaged.

Belle Mina is northeast of Decatur.

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