Friends, volunteers help families clean up tornado damage in Priceville

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Photo: WHNT News 10 photojournalist Shane Hays

Photo: WHNT News 10 photojournalist Shane Hays

PRICEVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- Chainsaws sing the song of recovery in Priceville. The harmony of the community was disrupted by the 115 mph winds of a tornado Thursday.

National Weather Service Meteorologist in Charge Chris Darden worked with a team to survey the damage Friday. His office determined the tornado was an EF-2 in strength.

"We start to put the pieces together, it really is kind of like forensics of meteorology," he explained. "It is a science, but it's also a little bit of an art," he said of field surveys.

Families used the daylight to check out the damage in the Priceville community. Others were fortunate, waking up without yardwork or house repairs. Thankfully, no one was injured by the storms.

"We had no damage, but I knew there were others that were going to have damage," said Hannah Terry. "When I woke up this morning I just thought, 'I can't sit at home knowing there are people there who need my help.'"

She called the pastor of her church, Lifepoint Church in Decatur, and they put out a call for volunteers.

"Thankfully, we were able to get a group together," she said.

They found a home on White Oak Private Drive in Priceville and helped the family and friends already working there.

"If this was to happen to me, I would hope that somebody would help me and my family out," she explained. "Even though it looks bad, you really have to open your eyes to see the blessings. Because all these trees, they landed everywhere around the house. Not a single one landed on the house."

The chainsaw chorus from backyards across Priceville became a sound of the community's strength.

"Small towns are awesome!" said Terry. "We always stick together when tragedy comes. I think it says a lot."