Tornado hits downtown Wetumpka, numerous buildings destroyed

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Severe thunderstorms moved through central and southern Alabama Saturday afternoon, producing tornadoes in the Montgomery area, including the city of Wetumpka, which is located 17 miles northeast of Montgomery.

At 2:44pm, the National Weather Service in Birmingham detected a severe thunderstorm producing rotation in Elmore and Montgomery counties. Tornado warnings were issued for these areas as the storm approached the cities of Montgomery and Wetumpka.

At 2:51pm, damage reports from the storms indicated that the storm was likely producing a tornado along South Main Street in Wetumpka. At 2:56pm, the National Weather Service issued additional tornado warnings as additional damage reports came in from the area.

After the storm passed, the extent of the storm damage became quite clear:

Below are additional storm reports as found throughout social media:

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