National Weather Service surveying storm damage in Lawrence and Colbert Counties Sunday

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. — Several severe thunderstorm warnings were in place Saturday afternoon and evening in response to strong winds and heavy rain across the Tennessee Valley. All of the warnings were expired by 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

On Sunday afternoon, officials from the National Weather Service Huntsville surveyed storm-damaged areas in Lawrence and Colbert Counties to determine whether straightline winds or a tornado caused the damage in these counties. WHNT News 19 will provide the results of these storm damage surveys as soon as they are released from the National Weather Service.

Multiple viewers sent us pictures of damage in surrounding areas. Numerous reports of downed trees and power lines were reported. An Advance Auto Parts in Florence was hit hard by storms passing through Lauderdale County. The roof was torn off the building along with walls and windows. According to Florence police, two injuries were reported from the damage and are believed to be non-life threatening.

The field house at Brooks High School in Killen also experienced structural damage. Brooks High School student Cody Cummings said mother nature's wrath was completely unexpected.

"It sucks. I hate to say it, but it does. I mean, you don't see nothing like this in a town like this."

Killen's fire chief said the damage is unfortunate, but he is thankful no one was hurt in the process.
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