National Weather Service Surveys Damage In Colbert County

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COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – When severe weather hits, officials at the National Weather Service have to determine what type of severe weather event occurred.

David Nadler from the national weather service made his way through a mangled maze of downed pine trees, Wednesday at a home in rural Colbert County.

“There’s a lot of things we look at, plus the direction of damage.  How it’s laid out,” said Nadler with the National Weather Service.

Nadler also pays close attention to the amount of damage, as he takes pictures of uprooted trees.

“That tells us there could have been some sort of circulation,” said Nadler.

The sporadic nature of where the storm hit also gives clues about whether a tornado caused the damage.

“See that right there, it was sitting right here,” said Odie Grissom as he points to a motor.  “It picked it up and left these bolts, all this plastic here, didn’t touch that lawn mower,” said Grissom.

Grissom wasn’t home when the storm blew through.

“The front yard was full of stuff.  This tree was, limbs broke out of it, it`s just a mess,” said Grissom.

The National Weather Service used clues gathered from this yard, and several others around Colbert County to decide what force mother nature used to cause all this damage.

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