Early morning tornado leaves behind destruction

An early morning tornado batters the northeastern part of Marion County, between Hackleburg and Bear Creek, Saturday. What is left of the residence of Eugene and Tracy Marbutt on Chalk Mine Road is shown above.

After early Saturday’s major storm, north Marion County has now suffered two tornadoes in just a week.
Just as the county was catching its collective breath from last week’s tornado weather, Marion County was hit by yet another storm system that brought with it another tornado, this one making it to an EF-1.
According to the National Weather Service, the tornado began at 2:32 a.m. on Saturday morning just east of County Highway 348, three miles south southwest of Hackleburg.
It continued in a northeasterly direction for just over 17 miles, ending near Pebble east of Haleyville in Winston County.
At its widest point, the tornado was 675 yards wide.
Several homes were damaged or destroyed along the path of the tornado.

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