Tornados in Alabama and Florida destroy homes; man killed when tree limb hits car |

Tornados in Alabama and Florida destroy homes; man killed when tree limb hits car

The Associated Press

FOLEY, Ala. (AP) – Tornados ripped across the coasts of Alabama and Florida this weekend, destroying homes and knocking out power. At least one person died and three were injured.

By Sunday, power had been restored to all but about 1,000 households in Florida’s western Panhandle. About 20,400 households in the area had lost power Saturday during the storm that overturned cars and downed power lines.

In Rosinton, Ala., David N. Irwin, 63, was killed when a large limb from a tree hit his windshield Saturday, said Baldwin Coroner Huey Mack Sr.

Leigh Anne Ryals, Baldwin County’s emergency management director, said two businesses were destroyed and several houses were demolished. The final day of an annual shrimp festival was canceled because of the storm.

One of two mobile homes hit by the tornado was picked up by the fierce wind before it was demolished, Ryals said. A man fled the structure moments before the twister struck.

”The frame was bent and portions of it were wrapped around a telephone pole, and the rest was strung out through the woods,” she said.

In Texas, a line of severe storms spawned at least one tornado Friday night. Seven homes were destroyed and 68 were damaged about 60 miles northwest of Dallas. Two people were reported injured.

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