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National Weather Service Confirms F2 Tornado Hit Montgomery

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MONTGOMERY, Ala., Nov. 16, 2006 -- The National Weather Service has confirmed to WSFA that a F2 tornado hit Montgomery on Wednesday.

The NWS says the area that suffered the worst damage was the Fun Zone area which was hit by winds of between 120-150 mph.  Officials say the tornado cut a path across the area 4.35 miles long and 250 yards wide.

When you look at things from a distance, everything looks just like one pile of twisted steel and metal; but, when you get up close, the details really begin to emerge -- cars left on their side, at one point people walking on panes of glass that used to be windows, and a crushed Skee-Ball machine.  It's really impressive when you see what the scope of this storm has done to the area.

Thursday morning politicians, officials, law enforcement personnel and community members came to tour the devastated area.

One pair of brothers was inside the building when the storm roared through.  Four-year-old Justice Duke has 14 stitches in his head to prove it.  "I just heard it and I got out and we be saved," said the young boy.  His 11-year-old brother, Jad, did some of the saving.  "I was helping out  -- the infants mainly."

Jad's mom, Liberty Duke, is proud of her son's actions.  He carried infants to safety and maintained a cool head, getting some of the children out through a window.

Jad says it all happened very quickly.  "It only took about two or three seconds before the tornado was gone and left large amounts of damage."

Governor Riley climbed over what was left of the Fun Zone Thursday morning amazed at the strength of mother nature.  "It can pick up an automobile from the post office, put it in the air 100-150 yards and dump it inside.  I mean it's just amazing."

The governor promised assistance from the state and he praised the community's quick response.  "If you have a safety plan, and you've thought it out an you implement that plan you save lives."

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