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Kimberly recovering after storm destroys much of city

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 Recovery in Kimberly will take some time.

"How in the world does this happen because it's just mind boggling that something like this could form and tear everything up like it has," said Candie Mayfield.

She is amazed at how badly her city is damaged. But she doesn't have time to sit back and think about it. She's busy, along with dozens of others, working to restore what nature's fury destroyed. Throughout the city, some power lines are down and dozens of trees uprooted. The Kimberly Church of God was ripped apart, and the Kimberly fire department reduced to rubble.

Birmingham's National Weather Service chief meteorologist, Jim Stefkovich, says the damage assessment could take several weeks to complete.

"We look at a number of what are called damage indicators. Trees are an indicator. The building, type of building, how it's constructed, where it failed. We have to look at all that," said Stefkovich.
Kimberly mayor bob ellerbrock says he's thankful for presence of the national weather service as well as the help kimberly has received from neighboring municipalities.

"We're going to need teams for a while. We're getting it to where the streets are now passable. We're now going down and assessing our needs in the subdivisions," said Ellerbrock.

Stephkovich says once the national weather service has completed its survey, the findings will be posted on the website weather.gov/emx. He believes the EF-1 was on the ground for 3.3 miles in Kimberly, reached speeds of 100 miles per hour, and was 800 yards wide at its largest point.


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