ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - Kay Porter was holding a bible study at her kitchen table, when all of a sudden strong winds rattled her house.
Porter says she stepped outside to check on some plants when she saw debris swirling around her home.
"I saw the wind and as I stepped back in to the house it sucked the door [closed]," said Porter.
Porter and her family sought shelter in the home's bathroom. Outside, the winds toppled a tree, landing within inches of her home and car.
Down the road employees of Steelcase, Inc. say they think they saw a tornado.
"I didn't really know what was going on because I'd never seen this. In real life it's like 'BAM!' I'm looking up in the sky and stuff is just - stuff is just goin' around and around," said Gerry Robinson, who witnessed the storm.
A team from the National Weather Service went through Athens surveying the damage. They say they need to take the severity and breadth of the damage into consideration in order to determine exactly what type of weather event occurred.