Damage Reported In Limestone County From Friday’s Storms

(Photo: Jamie Patterson Snider)

(Photo: Jamie Patterson Snider)

Photo of the storm from Lindsay Lane in Athens, looking north. (Photo: Jamie Patterson Snider)

Photo of the storm from Lindsay Lane in Athens, looking north. (Photo: Jamie Patterson Snider)

TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – An apparent tornado touched down in Athens early Friday afternoon, causing some roof damage and one minor injury.

Holly Holman, Communications Specialist for the City of Athens, said the tornado was first reported around the Roy Long Road area near Steelcase around 2:15 p.m.

Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said there are trees down on Roy Long Road, a power line down at Brookhill Elementary, dumpsters and flags damaged at the French Farms shopping center on U.S. 72 and debris found around the Wal-Mart area. The debris likely was loose limbs and other things picked up by the winds.

One person had minor injuries at Wal-Mart after falling while running to seek shelter, Hollman said.

The National Weather Service says there is also structure and tree damage reported on Hardiman Road near Ardmore.

Tornado warnings were later issued for parts of Colbert and Lauderdale counties, but they were cancelled a short time later.  No damage was reported.

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