One of the most devastating tornadoes that hit Prattville caused serious damage. In my experience this had to be one of the worse natural calamities that Prattville has ever experienced. Mayor Jim Byard declared an emergency post the Prattville Tornado. The event occurred on the Sunday afternoon.
The Prattville Tornado left about nine thousand business houses and homes without power. Darkness fell all across Prattville after Tornado. In the reports of Mayor Jim Byard about thirty well-built homes were completely destroyed after the Prattville Tornado. The count for the damaged homes were innumerable and the latest reports revealed about one seventy homes that was found partially damaged with the Prattville Tornado.
The damage in most cases was severe and minor repairs proved not enough for rebuilding them. Once you see the scene of destruction by yourself, only then you would have a rough idea about the calamity. The reports do not always portray the true picture, or at times fails to take into account several factors. If we manage to explore the site by ourselves, not only we would get hold about the damages but also get to know the extent of damages caused by such a destructive storm like the Prattville Tornado.
The Prattville Tornado left several people off guard. People were seen running for cover. People started to panic at the site of the tornado and ran frantically for shelter. No place is safe enough at the time of a tornado. The basement so far has proved to be the safest option for many. The customers who were shopping were taken at complete surprise. The make shift shelters proved to be insufficient.
The reported time of the Prattville Tornado was stated at around 2:50 p.m. The rescue workers looked every possible place to help the trapped victims in the wreckage. The people were very much affected by the overall situation and behaved like a crazy bunch. A curfew was declared to bring the entire situation under control.
The churches opened their doors and school buses carried the Prattville Tornado storm victims to a safer place. An emergency mobile hospital was set up for treating the victims. Mainly the victims who suffered minor injuries were treated in this mobile hospital. You could see the utility polls toppled from a long distance. Moreover, you would be surprised and shocked enough to hear that all the glass windows were completely blown by the storm.
According to the official reports twenty-seven people sustained minor injuries. No deaths were recorded so far, but the conditions of two people were serious.