NWS confirms tornado hit city

Published 10:14 am Thursday, November 17, 2011

Officials with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Birmingham confirmed Thursday that a small tornado briefly touched down in Demopolis Wednesday morning.

According to NWS data, a tornado with sustained winds of up to 85 miles per hour hit the eastern portion of the city shortly after 7:30 a.m. yesterday, leaving a damage track about 250 yards wide and 2 and a half miles long.

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The most significant damage was isolated along Highway 80 East to the Heritage Inn and the Central Alabama Farmer’s Co-Op, both of which lost their roofs.

A portion of the roof at Gibson’s Body Shop was blown off and landed on several vehicles at Windham Motors.

Seven power poles were snapped along Jefferson road Wednesday morning, leaving nearly 600 customers without power briefly.