A rated EF2 tornado produced disaster in Wetumpka, Alabama

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Multiple buildings were destroyed or significantly damaged, including the historic First Presbyterian Church. First Baptist Church was also damaged. Some buildings were in danger of collapsing. Several roads in the downtown area were also covered with debris. Countless trees , power lines down and vehicles turned over and crushed were in the affected area.

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First Presbyterian Church, destroyed

Injuries have also been reported. Damage also was confirmed in other parts of Elmore County and Autauga County. Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis said the police station is damaged, and the city’s senior center is destroyed. The Bibb Graves Bridge, which crosses the Coosa River was closed to be inspected. The Central Alabama Community Foundation established the Wetumpka Tornado Relief Fund to assist citizens impacted by the tornado. A shelter has been set up at Wetumpka High School. “Unnecessary travel is hindering emergency personnel from clearing roadways of downed power lines, trees, and debris,” officials said in a statement. The Central Alabama Community Foundations is already accepting donations at its website, www.cacfinfo.org. They can also also accept checks mailed to CACF, 114 Church Street, Montgomery, AL 36104.

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