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Warehouse destroyed by possible tornado

October 29, 2002

Pelham-- Waymon Glover's Feed Warehouse was destroyed by high winds, possibly from a tornado Tuesday afternoon.

EMA Director Annie Lamb says that it suffered maximum damage, and that she contacted GEMA officials, but she does not expect a GEMA investigation, since the damage was confined to such a small area.

"We're real fortunate nobody was hurt, just this building destroyed and some line down. They're on Grant Street, which is about a quarter of a mile from this building," says Pelham Police Chief Nealie McCormick.

Nicole Hilliard is the only person who reported seeing anything. "We were driving home. It was calm except the rain, it was coming down in sheets. It was coming down strong, and where we were riding it was calm, and I looked up, and there's a pecan orchard at the end of our street. The trees were bent over, and I saw what I would characterize as a funnel cloud rather than a big tornado, but I didn't know until later that damage it had done down the street," says Hilliard.

The people in the area say even though there's damage they're just glad everyone is okay. Chief McCormick says even though several trees fell on power lines only about a half dozen homes lost power. The National Weather Service has not yet confirmed how strong the tornado was.

Highway 19 South was strewn with debris from the storm, including the remains of the 75-foot-long metal building that was ripped up. The value of the building was estimated at $75,000, and the value of the inventory and equipment inside it was put at $45,000.

No one was inside the building when the storm hit, and no one was reported injured.

Power was knocked out to a half dozen customers.

posted at 6:20PM by dave.miller@walb.com