Despite a loss of up to 25 hangars, many aircraft and several buildings, Eufaula Mayor Jack Tibbs said early Sunday evening that no injuries had been reported.
Two firemen were inside of the station adjacent to the Eufaula Municipal Airport, but survived the building’s almost total devastation by “hunkering down,” according to Tibbs.
Many aircraft were piled in the rubble, including a handful of jets, Tibbs said.
The City of Eufaula’s spec building at the North Industrial Park was destroyed, and Keystone’s Foods/Tyson Foods’ plant at the industrial park will likely be forced to shut down due to extensive damage.
The tornado hit each side of Highway 431 about4.5 miles north of downtown Eufaula.
Pastor Leonard Weaver of the Greater Faith Christian Center was in his church across Highway 431 at the time of the tornado.
“We had canceled our 5:30 (p.m.) service,” Weaver said, “but I was here anyway and I noticed it began raining hard and the lights flickered. Then, I heard that train they tell you about. I’m from Florida. I knew there wasn’t a train track around here, so I knew what it was. I didn’t know which way it was blowing. All I knew was that it got real dark and I could see stuff blowing.”