The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


April 28, 2014

Two dead in Limestone tornado, many minor injuries

ATHENS — At least two people are confirmed dead in Limestone County from the tornado that touched down in Limestone County around 5:15 p.m., Limestone County Coroner Mike West said. There could be more as emergency workers comb the trailer park and other parts of western and northern Limestone County struck repeatedly by storms Monday night.

West said emergency workers were initially told three people were dead at the Billy Barb trailer park off U.S. 72 in the Coxey community. As of 7:30 p.m., only two bodies had been found, he said. The names of the dead had not been released at The News Courier's 8:30 p.m. press time. Their bodies had been taken to Spry Funeral Home, the coroner said. Numerous minor injuries were also reported all over the western portion of the county, he said.

Emergency work was being hampered by motorists driving into various areas to view storm damage. Eventually, U.S. 72 was closed to all but emergency traffic from the western county line to Blackburn Road. 

Vast reports of damage were reported from the county line all the way to Elkmont.

Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said there was widespread damage all over the western side of the county. Blue Springs Elementary took a direct hit as well the Clements Volunteer Fire Department. Limestone County Schools will be closed Tuesday.

Limestone Health Facility in Athens was also damaged. Occupants got into the showers to stay safe.

Roberts Apartments on Ninth Avenue in Athens had also been damaged.

There were power outages in both the city and county.

Go online to for more coverage and photographs. Residents may send storm damage photos to or


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