A mini-mart in Hazel Green was destroyed by straight-line winds, however NWS confirmed a tornado did hit the town.
A capture from one of the last moments of security camera footage from Moh's Mini-Mart.
Hazel Green, AL (WAFF) -
Crews with the National Weather Service spent Wednesday in Hazel Green, continuing to examine damage left behind after this week's severe weather. They confirmed later in the evening that the storm was in fact an EF-1 tornado.
"Usually it takes more than one building, because usually there's a consistent pattern you look for," explained NWS Science & Operations Officer Brian Carcione. "For example, in the case of blown-down trees, do the trees converge in a specific pattern or are they all blown down in one way."
The crew in Hazel Green stopped at Moh's Mini-Mart, which suffered almost complete destruction in Monday's storm. As the sirens sounded on Monday, security cameras at the store were rolling seconds before the tornado destroyed the store.
"The wind starts moving and the rain starts getting heavier... it seems about 6:05 when it got hit," describes store owner Muhammad Kloub as he reviews the camera footage.
After the storm, Kloub and his friends picked through the wreckage of the store. Two cinderblock walls had toppled and shattered.
Carcione said the damage may have been indicative of a second surge of wind around the southern side of the tornado. Ultimately, it was determined Moh's was destroyed by straight-line winds.
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