An EF-2 tornado damaged at least 25 homes, the police department, two churches and other buildings in Wetumpka, Alabama.
The NWS in Birmingham tweeted that a preliminary survey indicates the area was hit by EF-2 — 111-135 mph — that was 300 yards wide.
Mayor Jerry Willis told the newspaper, “It’s bad, when you love a place as much as we love Wetumpka, to see this devastation,” he said. “We have worked so hard to get here and to see it destroyed like this. “We don’t know God’s plan, but we know he is in control. If this had been during the week with schools in session. If it had been Sunday morning with churches at worship, it would have been absolutely devastating as far as injuries and even fatalities. We’ll come back. We’ll clean up and come back.”
Wetumpka Survey Update: PRELIMINARY high-end EF-2 (120-130 mph), 300 yards wide. Rating based on damage near the 2 churches on Bridge St. *Survey is still ongoing.* #alwx
— NWS Birmingham (@NWSBirmingham) January 20, 2019