NWS confirms EF2 impacted Colbert County Tuesday night; injuring three

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COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. - Daylight showed just how bad the damage was in Colbert County from Tuesday night’s storms.

“As you can see, this was devastation. It was a sight to see. I have never seen anything like it,” stated Gary Mitchell of Crooked Oak.

113016-co-nws-storm-survey-pkgTuesday night crews scrambled to free an elderly woman and two men from a decimated mobile home. Their neighbor Gary Mitchell found them trapped in debris shortly after the storm passed through.

“It only lasted about ten seconds,” Mitchell described. “We thought everything was fine. Went outside to check on our property and noticed there was a light on up here, so we thought there might be some damage.”

As the sunlight began to shine on the Brooks family home Wednesday, volunteers showed up to help. They came to help pick-up the pieces of their lives, while two remain hospitalized.

Mitchell said one of the sons actually helped hold up a wall while crews rescued his 92-year-old mother.

“This is a great family,” said Mitchell. “So anybody that can support them, they need to support them. They are going to need some prayers.”

And Mitchell said everyone who has seen the mobile home agrees, this family is lucky to be alive.

During a site survey earlier Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service said the Colbert County damage was from an EF2 tornado.

92-year-old Mary Brooks is being treated at Helen Keller Hospital and should be released soon.

Her son, Ricky Brooks, is in critical condition at Huntsville Hospital. He’s being treated for internal injuries.

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