Friday, May 17, 2013

VIDEO, Report: Tornado Nips Athens, Alabama

Athens, Alabama tornado on May 17, 2013
Sarah Cole |  (from video below)
May 17, 2013 - A tornado touched down briefly near Athens, Alabama today (see video below). CNN reports that "Law enforcement officials reported a funnel cloud -- indicative of a tornado -- at 2:15 p.m. (3:15 p.m. ET), the National Weather Service noted."

Athens got off easy: Injuries and damage seems to be minimal. The CNN report said that two homes in Athens "suffered minor damage as the storm rolled through," citing  a spokeswoman for Limestone County's emergency management agency. Power lines and trees are down.

"One person was slightly injured running for shelter near the Walmart on U.S. 72 in Athens," reports "The storm lasted from 2:04 p.m. until 3 p.m."  The severe weather caused the Limestone County Sheriff's Rodeo to be cancelled for tonight. But fear not: The rodeo will resume on Saturday.