Storm Chaser: A tornado hit City of Valley Grande

Published 8:49 pm Wednesday, June 14, 2023

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A possible tornado hit Valley Grande on Wednesday and damaged parts of the city.

A Storm chaser told a Dallas County official and a Valley Grande resident it was an EF-1 tornado that hit the area around 5 p.m., though the National Weather Service Birmingham has not confirmed it was a tornado.

Two Valley Grande officials, Mayor Wayne Labbe and Councilwoman Sara Day, both said that the damage begins around County Road 81, where the roof of the BP Gas Station, was taken off with downed trees and power lines.  Power is out between County Road 81  and  Highway 22.

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“I was standing on my porch when the storm hit,” Labbe said. “It was quick and lasted all of two minutes. ”

“On Highway 22, you start noticing damage around Valley Grande City Hall and it is bad County Road 81,” Day said.

Labbe said several houses down County Road 81 were damaged.

Alabama Power is out working on the power line, while Valley Grande Volunteer Fire Department was out picking up trees, according to Labbe.