- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

ALICEVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The National Weather Service says at least four tornadoes struck rural areas of western Alabama.

Officials say an EF2 tornado struck the McMullen community in Pickens County Tuesday evening and destroyed 13 homes. Of that number, 10 of the structures were mobile homes.

Tornadoes in the EF2 category can have winds of between 113 and 157 mph and are known to cause considerable damage.

National Weather Service officials say tornadoes also hit the Ethelsville area of Pickens County, Fayette County and Lamar County. Additional details on the extent of damage in those areas weren’t immediately available. Calls to the local emergency management agencies weren’t immediately returned.

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