One year later: WDHN looks back on the infamous 2020 Henry County tornado

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HENRY Co. (WDHN) — On April 19th, 2020, storms swept across Henry County leaving major damage.

“Tornados that come through Tumbleton and even a couple throughout the county,” Henry County EMA Director Ronnie Dollar said. “One on the north end of the county. The main damage was Tumbleton and Newville that area. We even had a death that was involved in it.”

The resident who died was 61-year-old Jerry Oliver Williams of Tumbleton.

The tornado destroyed homes, brought down power lines, and uprooted trees. No one knew how bad the storms would be.

Due to the amount of damage, Dollar said the county got FEMA funding to help with disaster recovery.

According to Dollar, recovery efforts helped bring the community closer.

“That’s kind of in south Alabama the way we are,” Dollar said. “Sometimes you get more help than you need, and that’s great that’s not a negative comment. People just care about each other. People want to help, especially when somebody is in need. It was tremendous.”

The tornado was rated as EF2.

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