Fort Payne hit hard by overnight storm

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Updated: 2/21 6:44 pm
FORT PAYNE, Alabama(WDEF) - All eyes are on Fort Payne Alabama where an overnight storm uprooted trees, destroyed buildings and left many people homeless.

When employees at the Jet Polymer Recycling facility arrived to work Friday morning, they encountered destruction cause by mother nature.

"There was about seven trailers stacked on top of each other and some structural damage to the front of the building and lots of windows broken out," said Lee Morgan who is an employee at the facility.

Less than mile from the recycling facility, mother nature unleashed a furry on a small neighborhood.

Several homes were destroyed, tree's snapped in half and the roof to a nearby apartment building damaged.
 
"Most people, especially the folks who lost their homes are still kind of in shock. It hasn't sunk in yet," said Fort Payne Mayor Larry Chesser.

Mayor Chesser said Fort Payne is use to violent weather but the storm that blew through Thursday night was very violent.

"It's a little worst than we thought it was but it still could have been a lot worst," he said.

Home owners spent most of the day retrieving personal items and meeting with members of the American Red Cross while crews worked to clear the debris and repair power lines. At one point, three men started a rescue operation to free a small dog that was trapped under rubble.

"We could hear him but just though with all that debris on top of him, there's no way," said Janet Guerra who was a neighbor.

It was that cage that protected one year old Scrunchy from being crushed.

"He's kind of grouchy. But other than that, I'm happy to see him," Guerra said.

Despite all the bad weather that swept through Fort Payne, there were no reports of any serious injuries.

Members of the National Weather Service have been called in to Fort Payne to determine if the damages are a result of a tornado or straight line winds.

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