Etowah, Cherokee counties damaged in storms

By Dixon Hayes

ETOWAH COUNTY, ALA (WBRC) - Officials from the National Weather Service will survey storm damage Tuesday in Etowah and Cherokee Counties.

Barns were damaged or destroyed in both counties, but no injuries reported. The Gadsden EMA reported numerous trees down in the Black Creek/Tabor Communities atop Lookout Mountain and about 10 miles northeast of Noccalula Falls.

The Black Creek Baptist Church received an especially messy amount of damage. While the sanctuary wasn't seriously damaged, an awning adjacent to it was thrown behind the church into a cemetary. That cemetary saw more than a dozen tombstones--20 by one count--knocked over.  One of those apparently had been in place since 1925.

Flying pine cones were also blamed for holes in the church's stained glass windows. Trees were down on the church campus as well.  Church employees and members spent the morning cleaning up debris outside and vacumming up broken glass inside the sanctuary.

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